"For me, the race has deep meaning," said Davide Rebellin just a few days before next Sunday's Amstel Gold Race, which last year marked the start to an unparalleled triple in cycling, and Rebellin's personal redemption. "Last year's victory was a sign for me that my strength and therefore my confidence had come back. It was like a liberation."
Gerolsteiner will be eager to defend its leader's crown next Sunday, and the cooperation with his teammates works "perfectly" according to Rebellin, who does not like to make big announcements. "It looks like I can take the start in good form," he said. Team manager Hans-Michael Holczer is also likes his comments to be realistic. "I would be satisfied with a podium placing too," Holczer said.
Of course, the classics captain of team Gerolsteiner is looking forward to one of his favourite races. "I like Amstel a lot. It goes up and down all the time, which suits me well," he explained. In just over 250 km, 31 climbs await the riders before the race finishes on the Cauberg. "I wonder if the race will be decided on the Eyserbosweg [km 230 - ed.] again," the 33 year-old said, to which his directeur sportif, Christian Henn replied, "The decisive moment can also be somewhere else altogether - that's why we have to very vigilant and concentrated since the start."