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‘Van der Poel is a big favorite in Amstel Gold Race for several reasons’ | cycling

“Mathieu van der Poel is the big favorite for several reasons. He has already won the Amstel Gold Race in an unparalleled way in 2019, and showed on Sunday with his victory in the Tour of Flanders that he is the man to beat. In addition, men like Wout van Aert, Tadej Pogacar and Julian Alaphilippe are missing. It will not be easy, because the weight of the race will be placed on his Alpecin-Fenix ​​team.”

“Thomas Pidcock won the Brabantse Pijl last year and was narrowly second in the Amstel. He is getting better and better and has a strong team at his disposal in Ineos Grenadiers. Dylan van Baarle is also riding there, whom I give good chances to finish short. Last year at the World Championships and last weekend in the Tour of Flanders, he finished second. What strikes me most is that he still has a strong final shot after a tough race.”

Michael Boogerd looks ahead to the Amstel Gold Race for De Telegraaf.

Michael Boogerd looks ahead to the Amstel Gold Race for De Telegraaf.

“Finally, I will highlight Tom Dumoulin. He seems to be on the way back and rode strong in the Volta Limburg Classic last week. It was a shame that he got a flat tire, but still finished sixth. He may choose to attack Jumbo-Visma a little earlier in the race, even if he wants to show himself to his own audience in Limburg.”

Favorites

  • Five wheels: Van der Poel
  • Four wheels: Pidcock, Matthews
  • Three wheels: Laporte, Benoot, Van Baarle, Teuns
  • Two wheels: Kwiatkowski, Mohoric, S. Kragh Andersen, Madouas, Campenaerts
  • A wheel: Gilbert, Aranburu, Hirschi, Dumoulin, Trentin, Van Avermaet, Wellens

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