Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt headline Mitchelton-Scott in Amstel Gold Race
Apr 19 2019 08:49 pm CET

Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt headline Mitchelton-Scott in Amstel Gold Race
Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt headline Mitchelton-Scott in Amstel Gold Race
Mitchelton-Scott

Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt are set to headline Mitchelton-Scott in the Amstel Gold Race. This will be the opening race of the Ardennes classics.

The 126.8-kilometre course on the outskirts of Maastricht, the Netherlands, will include 19 climbs including the famous Cauberg. Spratt took the third place in the 2018 edition of the race, while Van Vleuten finished just outside the podium in 2017.

"It’s no secret that my big target for the first half of the season is the Ardennes races so I just feel excited and ready for these races to start," Spratt commented. "All the training and hard work are done now, and I feel like I am a level above what I was this time last year so that gives me a lot of confidence in myself. I think the strength of our team is also something to be really excited about and I hope we will be in the final with good numbers so we can play a good tactical game."

"I expect an aggressive race that brings us to the final circuits where I think we need to play to our strengths and go for the win. We don’t have just one rider who can win so the most important thing for me on Sunday will be to create a situation where someone from our team can win."

Van Vleuten is familiar with the course and expects this to play in her advantage. "It’s hard to know what to expect, but I know the course off by heart," the Dutch rider explained. "Everyone knows it will be important to be positioned well before the narrow climbs and I think with such a strong team our chances are getting better.”

"But first the others will have to suffer, I’m hoping for a race of attrition, not like Flanders when we cruised up every climb. It would be better for us to have an aggressive race on every climb, so the faster riders suffer a bit more."

Mitchelton-Scott's roster for the Amstel Gold Race (21st of April):

Grace Brown
Gracie Elvin
Lucy Kennedy
Amanda Spratt
Moniek Tenniglo
Annemiek van Vleuten




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