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.
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