Van der Poel favourite for home glory at Amstel Gold Race – Preview

MONTECATINI TERME ITALY MARCH 25 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix celebrates at finish line as stage winner ahead of Ethan Hayter of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers and Rmy Mertz of Belgium and Team Bingoal Pauwels Sauces Wb during the 36th Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali 2022 Stage 4 a 1587km stage from Montecatini to Montecatini CoppieBartali on March 25 2022 in Montecatini Terme Italy Photo by Dario BelingheriGetty Images
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After two years away, including a year in which the race wasn't held at all, the Amstel Gold Race returns on Sunday, welcoming back some of the sport's biggest Classics riders.

In the wake of his Tour of Flanders victory, Mathieu van der Poel looms large over the 56th edition of the Amstel Gold Race­­, with a repeat of his comeback 2019 triumph almost expected in the absence of his longtime rival Wout van Aert and his Flanders rival Tadej Pogačar.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix

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