Team KATUSHA ALPECIN rider Nathan Haas has marked the Amstel Gold Race red in the race calendar. Last year as part of a select group and earning 4th place, he showed that he can ride in the Dutch Ardennes classic for the victory. This year, the 29 year old Australian beat world-class rider Greg Van Avermaet (BMC) on the hilly finale in stage two of Tour of Oman and took the stage win.
But Nathan has not felt well in the last weeks of training. Therefore, he will race only the Amstel Gold Race and won’t start in La Flèche Wallonne nor Liège-Bastogne-Liège. On Monday Haas will undergo a medical test in Belgium.
It's no secret that this is my favourite race of the year, so it’s really hard to not be in my best condition. I’ve been trying to train through the illness, but unfortunately, my form is not where I would like it to be. Even though it will be hard, I’m still super excited to be on the start line at Amstel. I’ll be looking at this year’s race as an opportunity to practice, and keep the race fresh in my mind, and hopefully be able to help some of my strong teammates get a result. Leadership isn’t only about racing to win; its also about sharing knowledge and experience, and this is how I’m approaching Amstel Gold this year, said Haas.
The Netherlands' only one-day WorldTour race starts on Sunday April 15th in in Maastricht and runs around the Limburg region on a never-ending labyrinth of narrow roads for 262.6 kilometres.
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