Team VIRTU Cycling heads for Amstel Gold Race
The first of the Ardennes Classics awaits Team VIRTU Cycling this Sunday, when they head for the legendary climb of Cauberg in Amstel Gold Race.
Cobbles become climbs in the coming week in the Ardennes Classics. The hard and hilly Amstel Gold Race this Sunday is the first race of three in the Ardennes and Team VIRTU Cycling hope, the team can continue the good form from the previous weeks.
Going into climbs like Cauberg Team VIRTU Cycling changes the roster a bit, but sports director Carmen Small hope the team still is able to adapt.
“Going into the Ardennes is a bit different because he have a really strong team for the more flatter and cobbled races, and we haven’t really raced our climbers like Katrine and Doris beside from Strade which was extremy circumtances. We will see how it goes for them, but Kasia is in good form and a top 10 would be a really good result for her,” she says.
It will be the just 2nd edition of Amstel Gold Race after its revival last year, and that alone makes it a difficult race to predict.
“I’ve watched it on tv, but never raced Amstel myself. Ut’s always a little unpredictable with new races like this, depending on how the teams decided to race it. If you look at the cobbled classic, then there wasn’t just one team dominating, so it makes for some dynamic racing and hopefully it continues for the Ardennes. If all goes well we have several cards to play, but it is bike racing, so nothing is guaranteed,” Carmen Small says.
In Amstel Gold Race the riders face 118 kilometer, where they have to pass Cauberg four times.
Team VIRTU Cycling for Amstel Gold Race:
Katrine Aalerud, Doris Schweizer, Kasia Pawlowska, Barbara Guarischi, Mieke Kröger and Claudia Koster