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Peter Sagan to race Amstel Gold

Joe Robinson
9 Apr 2018

World Champion hoping to carry Paris-Roubaix-winning form in to the Ardennes

Peter Sagan (Bora-Hansgrohe) will be hoping to carry his winning form from Paris-Roubaix as the World Champion confirms his attendance at this Sunday's Amstel Gold Classic.

The recently crowned King of Roubaix will head to the Ardennes this weekend looking to add the Dutch semi-Classic to his constantly growing palmares.

Confirmed by Belgian media outlet Sporza, Sagan will take to the start line of Amstel for the first time since 2013.

Last year's Roubaix winner Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing) also chose a similar schedule. After taking victory in the velodrome, the Belgian went on to race Amstel Gold the weekend after finishing 12th.

He then fared one position better at the following weekend's Liege-Bastogne-Liege.

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Sagan's participation in any Ardennes Classics beyond Amstel is highly unlikely, as a contendor anyway. The races of Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Fleche Wallonne often suit climbers who are much lighter than Sagan.

However, with a change of route last year, Amstel Gold has morphed in to a less predictable race. Its decision to move the finish away from the crest of the Cauberg makes it possible for fastmen like Sagan to weather the attack of punchy climbers and contest the victory.

The Slovakian will also be encouraged by the fact he has finished on the podium at Amstel in the past. In 2012, Sagan was best of the rest finishing third behind Jelle Vanendert and eventual winner Enrico Gasparotto.