Van der Poel’s team given wildcard for Amstel Gold Race – News shorts

Mathieu van der Poel will ride the Amstel Gold Race in April after his Corendon-Circus team was given a wildcard spot in the race. Van der Poel had already spoken of his intentions to ride the Dutch race.

The 24-year-old Dutch rider is fresh off the back of an excellent start to the season after winning the UCI Cyclo-cross World Championship title last week.

Corendon-Circus are one of seven teams that have been given wildcards for the race in Limburg, Netherlands, on April 21. The team has already been awarded a number of wildcards for the spring, including Omloop Het Nieuwsblad and Gent-Wevelgem. Van der Poel will ride the latter.

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The race will also welcome Israel Cycling Academy, Roompot-Charles, Bardiani CSF, Wanty-Groupe Gobert, Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise and Vital Concept-B&B Hotels.

The race is often won by a strong rider in the mould of Van der Poel, with Philippe Gilbert (Deceuninck-QuickStep) having claimed victory four times since 2010.

The number of wildcard teams this year has increased to seven compared with just five in 2018. Notably, regular wildcard outfits Cofidis and Direct Energie have both missed out on the race, which was won by Michael Valgren (Astana) last year.

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