Koos Moerenhout, the only Dutchman on Phonak Hearing Systems, and Axel Merckx will be the team's lead riders in Sunday's Amstel Gold race. Both have made serious preparations to achieve their best possible result, with Moerenhout working on his speed behind a motorbike the last few days and Merckx training in the hills around his home in Monaco.
"For me, as a Dutchman, the Amstel Gold Race is doubly important," said the 32 year-old Moerenhout in a team statement, who knows and likes the parcours a lot. "I've prepared myself in the best possible way for an important race. I hope to achieve as good a result as possible."
Riders: Martin Elmiger, Bert Grabsch, Nicolas Jalabert, Axel Merckx, Koos Moerenhout, Alexandre Moos, Miguel Angel Perdiguero, Gregory Rast
Directeurs-sportifs: John Lelangue, Jacques Michaud