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by Mark Zalewski
April 15, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Esteban Chaves staying upbeat about debut Tour despite racing calendar disruptions; British Cycling’s new performance director says he will not prevent riders from consulting Shane Sutton; Vos curbing expectations ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Matthews ready for a change of Classics tactics with Sunweb; UCI Track World Championships continue with strong Aussie performance; Jason Kenny to retire before the next Olympics?; CCC-SprandiPolkowice bikes stolen ahead of Amstel Gold Race; Teams using Tour of the Alps as rehearsal for Giro; Belgian federation educating young cyclists to not imitate pros; Mancebo signs with U.S. Continental team Canyon Bicycles Pro Cycling; Putting a stamp on a world title; 2017 UCI Track World Championships, day 2 highlights; Video: Handmade – Brompton Bikes.
While Michael Matthews (Sunweb) is regarded as a sprinter, he said he is hoping that a different style of racing with his new team will lead to more victories in races like the Ardennes Classics, beginning Sunday with the Amstel Gold Race. He told Cycling Flash that the mantra at his previous team was always to wait for the sprint, but he wants to shift to a more attacking style like that of Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) or Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors).
“Waiting was ingrained in us at ORICA-GreenEdge,” he said. “We always had to sit and wait for the sprint. And honestly, that is not really me, so I would like to change that. You see that all the Flemish Classics were attacking races, with few people in the peloton at the finish. In the Brabantse Pijl again — you saw that I tried to wait for a sprint, but we did not catch them.”
In fact Gilbert was not shy about calling out Matthews and others for waiting at Brabantse Pijl.
Mathews and his teammates for Amstel Gold on Sunday explored the parcours, in particular the new finish without the Cauberg.
“It is especially interesting because nobody knows what is really going to happen and where to attack. It is also possible that everyone is therefore even more wait and see, but I hope not. I want to make it a hard race, but much depends on the weather. Currently it seems that it’s going to rain, it will certainly have an effect.”
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