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Amstel Gold hand out wildcards

Organisers of the Dutch Classic Amstel Gold Race have announced two wildcard invitations for this year's event, scheduled April 20. Race director Leo van Vliet chose Professional Continental teams Skil-Shimano and Topsport Vlaanderen to compete with the 18 ProTour teams automatically included in the race.

On Wednesday, Van Vliet announced that he will invite two or three more teams out of the pool of 15 teams which have been awarded wildcard status by the UCI. A maximum of 25 teams are allowed to start in the Limburg Classic, but Van Vliet told ANP that he wanted no more than 23 outfits to be at the start for safety reasons.

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