UAE Team Emirates ready for Ardennes Classics
Apr 13 2018 12:56 am CET

UAE Team Emirates ready for Ardennes Classics
UAE Team Emirates ready for Ardennes Classics
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UAE Team Emirates is ready to face the Ardennes Classics. Dan Martin, Rui Costa and Diego Ulissi will be the cards of the team for the one-day races.

The team will start at the Amstel Gold Race, the Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege with a strong team for this kind of events.

Martin will be back in the Ardennes Classics where he took the victory at the 2013 Liege-Bastogne-Liege and three podiums in the Fleche Wallonne. "Training went well since Volta a Catalunya despite the heavy crash on the last stage," said Martin. "I’ve been in good condition all season but bad luck prevented me from showing it in results.

"I feel ready to head into some of my favourite races. The course of the Flèche Wallone looks a lot more difficult than previous years and will make the final even more testing."

Costa has also shown his abilities in these races by finishing in fourth place at the 2015 Amstel Gold Race, third in 2016 and fourth in the 2015 Liege-Bastogne-Liege. "I wrapped up the Vuelta al Pais Vasco in increasingly better condition, so I’m coming to the Ardennes with high morale and I’m confident that I can race to bring the team some significant results," the rider commented.

"The competition in these races is always fierce, but UAE Team Emirates will bring high quality; it’s an advantage to be able to count on a strong group."

And Ulissi has finished in the top 10 of the Fleche Wallonne three times. "The race with the Huy Wall has always been the one in which I’ve managed to best express myself; the Liege-Bastogne-Liege is the race that dreams are made of," he explained.

"I am highly motivated, the team is competitive, we will have several options we can use to try and make our sponsors and fans happy."

UAE Team Emirates' complete roster for the Amstel Gold Race (15th of April), the Fleche Wallone (18th of April) and Liege-Bastogne-Liege (22nd of April):

Matteo Bono
Rui Costa
Daniel Martin
Manuele Mori
Aleksandr Riabushenko
Rory Sutherland
Diego Ulissi



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