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Amstel Gold Race Disrupted by Volcano

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One of the most unpredictable major classic races in the cycling world and the toughest one to win is the Amstel Gold Race. As of this date, there are only three riders who ever won the Dutch Classic on two occasions: Eddie Merckx, who won it twice in the 1970s and Gerrie Knetemann in 1974 and 1985, and fellow Dutchman Jan Raas, who bagged six victories within 1977 and 1982. However, these winnings occurred long before Amstel was to be a renowned International Classic Race.

The Amstel Gold roster has been recently altered by the volcanic eruptions of the mountain Eyjafjallajökull in Iceland, spewing dark volcanic dust into dark hovering clouds over most parts of Europe. Among the 25 participating teams, eight will not be able to compete in full force.

The cloud of volcanic ash has not just thwarted the races in the European Continent but also stopped the Kelly Benefits…

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Gilbert Wins Amstel Gold

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The Dutch one-day classic race for the first time on Sunday was captured by Philippe Gilbert of Belgium after negotiating an extreme approach on the 31st and final ascend of the Amstel Gold Race. Coping up well in the lead, Gilbert in the heart-stopping final stages of the 257.8 km race synchronized and executed his rhythmic drive to an unparalleled level at less than 500 metres from the famous Cauberg Climb to the finish line.

The Belgian rider felt really strong today airing it public in Belgian television. Gilbert further stated, “I had good help from my team over the first 200 kilometers. When the race opened up with 40 kilometers to go, I was just following the leaders.”

Gilbert of team Omega Pharma-Lotto handed its first gold of the season. Coming down stretch to the finish line and leaving behind Canadian Ryder Hesjedal of Garmin-Transitions and Italian Enrico Gasparotto of…

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Six more Teams Complete the Amstel Gold Classic 2010

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The Amstel Gold Classic on April 18, 2010 is Netherlands’ most challenging tour. There will be six routes in the event namely, 250km, 200km, 150km, 125km, 100km and 60km. The organizers have invited twenty four teams and they have finally announced the last of the six wildcard teams.

Leo van Vliet, race director, reveals the new wildcard teams are Skil-Shimano, Cervelo TestTeam, BMC Racing Team, Vacansoleil, Topsport Vlaanderen and Landbouwkrediet. The two Dutch pro continental teams, Skil-Shimano and Vacansoleil, had previously received their wildcard invites earlier than the others.

The remaining 18 teams were given the invitations automatically by Amstel Gold. The winners for last year’s classic were Sergei Ivanov of Russia, Karsten Kroon and Robert Gesink.

The 24 teams for the Amstel Gold Classic are:
AG2R-La Mondiale
La Francaise des Jeux
Omega Pharma-Lotto
Radio Shack
Saxo Bank
Caisse d’Epargne
Team Sky
VacansTopsport Vlaanderen

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