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Mathieu van der Poel ‘not very concerned’ about rivals at Amstel Gold Race

Mathieu van der Poel 'not very concerned' about rivals at Amstel Gold Race

An upbeat Amstel Gold Race favourite Mathieu van der Poel has described the Dutch Classic as being a “bit like a mini-Tour of Flanders”, and after taking back-to-back editions of De Ronde and Paris-Roubaix, is looking forward to tackling a race on home soil.

Van der Poel harked back to his victory in Amstel in 2019, calling his triumphant last-metre blast past his rivals to the Valkenburg finish line “my first really big win on the road.”

The Alpecin-Deceuninck leader also pointed out that the last few weeks could not have gone better for him, and said “Now it’s a question of keeping that form for the next ten days. And that will be necessary because both in Amstel and next Sunday in Liège-Bastogne-Liège we will have a field of competitors with other, perhaps fresher riders.”

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