Amstel Gold Race 2014: preview

Defending champion Roman Kreuziger leads strong field for first Ardennes Classic

The French and Flandrian cobbles are done and dusted, and the hills of Ardennes now take centre stage, with the 34 climbs of the Amstel Gold Race first on the agenda.

The Amstel Gold Race is the first of the three Ardennes Classics and will be followed by La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege, with a strong field expected in Limburg to battle defending champion Roman Kreuziger (Tinkoff-Saxo) for the title.

Roman Kreuziger, Alejandro Valverde and Simon Gerrans toast last year’s Amstel Gold Race success on the podium (Pic: Sirotti)

Kreuziger stole a march on his rivals last year and soloed to victory. But who will be in contention this time out?

Check out our in-depth preview of the route and riders over the following pages, and share your pick for the race on the RoadCyclingUK forum.

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