15 Abr 15 riders to watch in Amstel Gold Race (1.WWT)
The 22-year-old Polish rider Kasia Niewiadoma will share leading duties in this race with Marianne Vos, who missed the fourth and fifth UCI WWT rounds. During this season Polish national champion (both road race and time trial) has kept her racing days to a minimum, counting them for great performances and good results proving she is on track to a face season that will likely be a turning point in her career, as her new role at WM3 Energie (after Rabobank-Liv farewell) will demand more results and responsibilities from the lightweight Polish rider. Niewadoma is our favourite to claim her first UCI WWT win at the re-born edition of Amstel Gold Race.
Elisa Longo Borghini
Italian rider Elisa Longo Borghini peaked her great start to the season winning Strade Bianche in front of the home crowds in Siena. Despite crashing in the fifth gravel sector, Elisa managed with the help of her teammates to get back to the front of the race and finally win her first UCI WWT event ever. After such a great start to the UCI WWT season Elisa Longo Borghini forwarded momentum defending her UCI WWT leader jersey at the following three rounds. In Maastricht Longo Borghini is one our top contenders to follow, as she will try to bring reclaim the UCI WWT leader’s jersey she lost in Ronde van Vlaanderen.
Anna van der Bregen
Current Olympic road race champion Anna van der Breggen is one of our contenders to follow in Maastricht. After switching teams this season joining Boels-Dolmans, Anna van der Breggen had a slow start to the season, missing Strade Bianche due to illness and scoring very modest results at the following three UCI WWT rounds. In Ronde van Vlaanderen van der Bregen proved she has hit some good form being part of the main breakaway that emerged in the final kilometres of race. After forwarding momentum last week at Healthy Ageing Tour, where finished second overall after winning TTT with Boels Dolmans, she is one of riders to watch in Amstel Gold Race.
Annemiek van Vleuten
After abandoning Healthy Ageing Tour, in pursuit of a rest after her heavy 2017 race schedule, Annemiek van Vleuten is one of our favourites in Amstel Gold Race where she will try to claim her first UCI WWT victory ever. Annemiek showed some strong early season form winning Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race and finishing third during the European season inaugural weekend in Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. Dutch rider van Vleuten forwarded momentum scoring some top results during the following weeks at the UCI WWT races (finishing fifth at both Strade Bianche and Ronde van Drenthe, sixth at Trofeo Alfredo Binda and fourth at Ronde van Vlaanderen), proving once again her amazing persistence and fighting spirit.
Italian road race national champion Elena Cecchini has been the best Canyon SRAM rider in this start to the season. Elena Cecchini showed some great form and consistency during the first weeks of the European season setting high expectations for the coming races. Expectations Cecchini has been able to exceed, being persistently in the top-10 during the fifth UCI WWT rounds held, including a second place in Ronde van Drenthe. Elena Cecchini, who sits in second place at UCI WWT individual ranking, will seek to claim her first UCI WWT victory and the first one for her team Canyon-SRAM in Amstel Gold Race.
After a very strong cyclocross winter season (World Championships runner-up, becoming Dutch champion and claiming three World Cup victories among other great results) Marianne Vos hasn’t been able to forward her form into the road season yet. Vos has claimed some modest results this season, participating only at three UCI WWT rounds with her seventh place in Ronde van Drenthe as her best result. “The Cannibal” is one of our top riders to watch in Maastricht, where she will try to show her most blatant version in order to get back to her previous dominant position in the women’s cycling peloton.
Dutch rider Chantal Blaak is one of our top riders to follow at Amstel Gold Race, where she will to improve her current fifth place in the UCI WWT standings. After a remarkable 2016 classics season where Blaak showed herself as one of the riders on best contenders for the spring classics and the joy moment Boels-Dolmans lived last season where everything seemed to work out, the Dutch rider as well as her team Boels Dolmans have had a slower start to the season mainly due to badly-timed crashes and illnesses. After claiming a third position in Ronde van Vlaanderen, Blaak managed to forward momentum scoring her first individual season victory at the fourth stage of Healthy Ageing Tour, where she won as well the TTT with Boels Dolmans.
After earning some modest results during the first weeks of the European season, but delivering very good performances, being frequently on the breakaways and trying to put other quick finishers into difficulty, US rider Coryn Rivera has sky rocketed during the previous weeks claiming three UCI WWT podiums including two round victories in Trofeo Alfredo Binda and Ronde van Vlaanderen. After her outstanding victory in Flanders Rivera leads UCI WWT individual standings, proving she is the biggest revelations of the year, in her first full European season. In Maastricht Coryn Rivera is one of the top riders to follow.
South African Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio is one our top riders to follow in Maastricht, where she will try to bring the second UCI WWT victory of the season for Cervélo Bigla. After crashing, due to a police motorbike parked in the middle of a roundabout, during the Chrono des Nations time trial and fracturing her iliac bone, Moolman-Pasio went back to racing at South African National Championships winning the gold and bronze medals, at the ITT and road race respectively. Despite the fact she hasn’t hit some impressive early season form, Moolman-Pasio heads to the sixth UCI WWT round after scoring some decent results during the last three UCI WWT rounds and a podium place in Setmana Ciclista Valenciana.
Pauline made in Siena the most awaited comebacks of the 2017 season, only seven months after her post-Rio Olympics heartbreaking “open letter” where Ferrand-Prévot quoted that being World Champion simultaneously in three disciplines in one year was the worst thing that had ever happened to her, she is back on the start line of one of her favourite races. So far Pauline Ferrand-Prévot has played a somehow supportive role for Canyon-SRAM on the road. After finishing 13th at Ronde van Vlaanderen Ferrand-Prévot will be eager to look for a strong result this weekend, in the long awaited comeback of Amstel Gold Race.
After claiming her second pro victory at Le Samyn des Dames Sheyla Gutiérrez has been able to forward her good early season form during the past weeks, being frequently spotted on front race positions as well as scoring some good results. After scoring a historic tenth position in Gent Wevelgem (her best UCI WWT result so far), finishing 20th Ronde van Vlaanderen and seventh at GP de Dottignies, Sheyla Gutiérrez got a well deserved weekend hiatus. “the Hippy Lyon” heads to Maastricht on a great form and mood, ready to forward momentum in Amstel Gold Race to bring another historic performance.
After hitting some great early season form during Santos Women’s Tour (finishing second overall and at the first stage) Ensing strengthen her impressive start to the season getting some top results (such as ninth at Le Samyn or 13th at Strade Bianche, eight at Dwaars door Vlaanderen before claiming her first UCI WWT top-10 in Ronde van Vlaanderen) proving herself as one of the revelations of the season. In Maastricht Ale Cipollini rider Janneke Ensing is one of our top riders to follow.
Italian rider Sofia Beggin started strongly the season in Siena finishing 12th at the inaugural event of the UCI WWT 2017 series. After such a superb performance the 19-year-old rider has missed all Astana Women’s UCI ranked races. In Maastricht Beggin is one our riders to follow after setting high expectations ahead of her second pro season.
The reigning Commonwealth road race champion, twice winner of the UCI Women’s Road World Cup, third at the inaugural UCI WWT series, is one of the top riders to watch at Amstel Gold Race. After scoring a strong start to the season in Siena, where she finish third, the 28-year old British rider has had a difficult season victim of some illness. After finishing 17th in Ronde van Vlaanderen we hope to see the most blatant version of the superb British rider in Maastricht.
Australian rider Shara Gillow is one of our riders to follow in Maastricht at Amstel Gold Race. Together with Dutch rider Roxane Knetemann, Gillow switched teams this season, joining FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope after Rabobank-Liv farewell season. After showing some great early season form during Australian National championships, where she finished second at the ITT, Gillow delivered an outstanding performance at the first UCI WWT round of the 2017 series, claiming a sixth place at Strade Bianche.