Matthews: New Amstel route wasn't as difficult as I thought it would be

BERG NETHERLANDS APRIL 18 Arrival Michael Matthews of Australia and Team BikeExchange during the 55th Amstel Gold Race 2021 Mens Elite a 2167km race from Valkenburg to Berg en Terblijt Amstelgoldrace amstelgoldrace on April 18 2021 in Berg Netherlands Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Australian Michael Matthews of Team BikeExchange crossed the line fourth from the bunch sprint in Berg en Terblijt (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Michael Matthews (Team BikeExchange) has been tipped for Amstel Gold Race glory since he turned professional with Rabobank back in 2011, but the Dutch Classic remained stubbornly out of reach on Sunday, when he won the sprint for fourth, two seconds down on winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma).

After last year’s pandemic-enforced hiatus, Amstel Gold Race returned to the calendar in 2021 with a novel format that saw the peloton take in laps of a circuit over the Geulhemmerberg, Bemelerberg and Cauberg.

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