Team Dimension Data for Qhubeka will be in a unique position on Sunday at Amstel Gold Race, having the complete podium from last year’s edition of the race, as part of their lineup.
While Michael Valgren was the victor last year and Roman Kreuziger and Enrico Gasparotto took 2nd and 3rd respectively, Kreuziger (2013) and Gasparotto (2012, 2016) have also both stood on the top step of the Amstel Gold Race.
Lining up alongside the three previous winners are Tom-Jelte Slagter, Bernhard Eisel, Julien Vermote and Lars Bak.
The Amstel Gold Race will be the first of the three big Ardennes Classics. At 265km in length, it is one of the longest races on the World Tour calendar and with over 35 climbs, also one of the hardest.
Michael Valgren – “It’s true our team have a very strong lineup on paper for Amstel Gold Race, but then we don’t race on paper on Sunday do we. You have to look at form and there are certainly many guys on rival teams that are really going well at the moment. We are fortunate to have a lot of experience in our team for this race, so we will need to use it all to get a good result for the team. This is such a hard race, but we will fight equally hard for a good result, as this is a big goal week for our team.”