Van Avermaet to Round Out Classics Season at Amstel Gold Race12. April 2018, Santa Rosa, California (USA) — Road Team
Greg Van Avermaet will line up at Amstel Gold Race this Sunday, 15 April, for his final race of the classics season.
Van Avermaet will be backed by a strong team of riders who are also capable of a good result, Sports Director Valerio Piva said.
“Of course, we are lining up to win the race. 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,” Piva explained.
“Traditionally, the race is decided in the last 50km and 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.”
Van Avermaet is determined ahead of his final classics race of the 2018 season.
“Amstel Gold Race will be the last spring classic for me this year. 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,” Van Avermaet said.
Teuns is looking forward to the Ardennes Classics after a strong showing at Vuelta al Pais Vasco.
"I am feeling excited. I have been preparing for this block of racing for a long time and I am looking forward to the next ten days or so. It all starts with Amstel Gold Race and like the others, this is a race which should suit me and my strengths well. I think I can go into Sunday's race feeling confident in my shape and I am definitely motivated to do a good job for myself and for the team.,” Teuns said.
Amstel Gold Race (15 April)
Rider Roster: Alberto Bettiol (ITA), Damiano Caruso (ITA), Alessandro De Marchi (ITA), Simon Gerrans (AUS), Michael Schär (SUI), Dylan Teuns (BEL), Greg Van Avermaet (BEL).
Sports Directors: Valerio Piva (ITA), Jackson Stewart (USA)