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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.
Marianne Vos (WM3) is not yet at her top form, she told Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf, and will play more of a support role for her team in Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race. She has raced three times this road season, following the cyclocross season, with her best result coming at Ronde van Drenthe with seventh.
“I have ridden several races this season, but I am not happy with my level,” she said. “I have at least a role in which I am supportive of the team’s goals — I’ll see how far I will take that role in the race.”
Vos said she is pleased that the women are once again returning to the Amstel Gold Race, and is looking forward to the other Ardennes Classics’ women’s events. “This gives an enormous boost to our sport. The history of these races speak to all sports fans. That we can race in all three allows for much more attention to our sport.”
While the men’s race will see the Cauberg removed for the finale, the women will still finish on it, with four ascents in total.
“I started training in Limburg and have reconned the important parts of the Amstel Gold Race. The final climb I can close my eyes, because that is the same as the world championship of 2012.”
Click through to read more at De Telegraaf.