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Paolo Bettini skips Amstel Gold

World Champion Paolo Bettini has confirmed that he will skip the Amstel Gold Race this coming Sunday due to the crash in last week's País Vasco. The 34 year-old Italian of Team Quick Step, third in the 2004 Dutch race that forms part of the Ardennes Classics, is suffering from a fractured rib and is unable to train properly.

Bettini, as reported by Agr, noted that he will train for a possible participation in the Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which he has won two times. The race, April 27, is the last major race prior to his next indicated objective, the Giro d'Italia, May 10 to June 1.