Amstel Gold Race 2022 LIVE – Can Ineos Grenadiers driver Tom Pidcock stop in-form Mathieu van der Poel?

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Two strong men join the lead group

As the break lead crumbled, Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal) and Nathan Van Hooydonck (Jumbo Visma) took it upon themselves to peel off the front of the peloton, pedaling down the road to add firepower to the leading group.

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The picks of Eurosport experts

Dan Lloyd – Tom Pidcock
Adam Blythe – Mathieu van der Poel
Iris Slappendel – Mathieu van der Poel
Ilenia Lazzaro – Mathieu van der Poel
Audrey Cordon-Ragot – Valentin Madouas

Not quite a consensus, and a wildcard bet from French star Audrey Cordon-Ragot, but all eyes are on one man…Could that work against him? Will Pidcock have recovered enough to climb a step on the podium better than last year?

Can someone stop Mathieu?

There are several reasons why Mathieu van der Poel is the firmest favorite to win today’s race. The first is the simple fact that he is Dutch. The second is his sublime winning performance at De Ronde last weekend. Third, the absence of Wout van Aert, still sidelined by illness. Finally, well, there is this:

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Who is in front?

We have a group of six riders on the road – four from the WorldTour and two contis – holding a three-minute lead over the peloton, one minute less than just 10km ago.

Ide Schelling (Bora Hansgrohe), Emīls Liepins (Trek-Segafredo), Owain Doull (EF Education-EasyPost), Johan Jacobs (Movistar), Aaron Van Poucke (Sport Vlaanderen), Luca Rastelli (Bardiani-CSF-Faizanè).

Not a bad gang of thugs, that. ProCyclingStats tells us, however, that only two riders from the first break have won this race, the last of them being Jelle Nijdam in 1988.

Flag fans might want to note that we have a completely cosmopolitan collective made up of a Dutch, an Austrian, a British, a Swiss, a Belgian and an Italian.

I’ll tell you who my money is in a moment.

Welcome to Limburg

…for the 56th edition of the Amstel Gold Race.

Some of you may be wondering why we are already in the ups and downs of the Ardennes, rather than the chaotic cobblestones of the Hellish Northern region of France. The reason for the schedule change is that the French presidential elections are taking place this weekend, and some things are really more important in Western Europe than professional cycling.

We join the race just under 150km, with 100km and 14 brutal bergs to run. It’s a temperate and sunny afternoon in the Netherlands, but it’s going to be much warmer.

Who wants it?

With Covid sidelining reigning champion Wout van Aert, Dutchman Tom Dumoulin will lead Jumbo-Visma alongside their strong classics stable of Christophe Laporte, Tiesj Benoot, Mike Teunissen and Nathan van Hooydonck.

No Van Aert is good news for the man who lost to him last year, Tom Pidcock. He leads a strong Ineos Grenadiers team with Flanders runner-up Dylan van Baarle, 2015 winner Michal Kwiatkowski and Ethan Hayter as back-up.

Four-time Amstel Gold winner Philippe Gilbert is on the Lotto Soudal list. The only other former winner to feature is Denmark’s Michael Valgren, although EF Education-EasyPost may see Alberto Bettiol or Neilson Powless as a better shot at outside glory.

Milan-San Remo winner Matej Mohoric will line up in Limburg for Bahrain-Victorious alongside Dylan Teuns and Fred Wright.

Soren Kragh Andersen – known for his aggressive riding – should get a result for Team DSM, as will Michael Matthews (BikeExchange-Jayco) and Peter Sagan (TotalEnergies).

Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) will aim to continue with a fine performance during Flanders Week.

How to watch

Eurosport has you covered for both races, with coverage of the women’s race from 12.00pm UK time and the men’s race from 1.15pm. Juggle carefully and you might also witness the climax of Stage 1 of the Tour of Turkey. You can also watch the Amstel Gold Race on discovery+ and GCN+.

Watch all the best cycling action from the Spring Classics and Grand Tours on Eurosport and discovery+.

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