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by Shane Stokes
April 13, 2018
In today’s Daily News Digest: Martin seeking to shrug off bad luck and land success in Ardennes Classics; Van Avermaet trying to land first Classic win of 2018 in Amstel Gold; Strong QuickStep Floors trio announced for Amstel Gold Race; Verschueren out of competition due to malignant brain tumour; New Zealand men tussle for MTB gold, England’s Last takes women’s; Easton adds new gravel and adventure gearing options for EC90 SL crankset; Yeti builds a downhiller’s cross country bike, the SB100; Inaugural Australian Gravel National Championships announced; Boulie safety upgrade revealed; Video: The people of Paris-Roubaix; Video: Phil Gaimon’s “Worst Retirement Ever.” Taiwan KOM Challenge, Part 2: The race
Thus far the Classics season hasn’t gone as well as he hoped, but Greg Van Avermaet will have one more chance to land a big victory this spring when he competes in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race. He won Paris-Roubaix, Gent-Wevelgem and the Record Bank E3 Harelbeke last year; this time around, he is still chasing the top step of the podium, with third in the E3 race and fourth in Paris-Roubaix his best showings.
“Amstel Gold Race will be the last spring Classic for me this year,” he said. “I am always motivated to do well at the race because I like the parcours with the short climbs. We have a strong line up and I’m looking forward to racing on Sunday.”
He will be joined by Alberto Bettiol, Damiano Caruso, Alessandro De Marchi, Simon Gerrans, Michael Schär and Dylan Teuns.
“Of course, we are lining up to win the race,” said directeur sportif Valerio Piva. “Greg Van Avermaet is our leader but we also have Dylan Teuns who is in great shape and riders like Damiano Caruso, Simon Gerrans, and Alessandro De Marchi coming out of Vuelta al Pais Vasco in good shape. Gerrans has been on the podium on three occasions and we have riders who have lined up many times, so we have a lot of experience at Amstel Gold Race.
“Traditionally, the race is decided in the last 50km. This year the parcours has changed and the final has a different, more narrow approach. We have a strong and motivated team around Greg and our main goal will be to put him on the podium, but we have multiple cards to play on Sunday which gives us confidence going into the race.”