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ICA Amstel Gold preview: Clear Underdogs . Thriving to surprise. Maastricht is...

Israel Cycling Academy, le texte de sa publication du 20-04-2019 16:46:02 :
ICA Amstel Gold preview:

Clear Underdogs . Thriving to surprise.

Maastricht is a lovely city. One of those charming university hubs with unlimited rage of sophisticated Coffee shops.

Our photographer Noa Arnon was waiting for our ICA boys in one of those cool cafe’s This afternoon when there was another team coming through the door after their warm up training : The Giants of the classics, Deceuninck - Quick-Step Cycling Team.

The friendly chaps including their Paris-Roubaix winner Gilbert and his co patriot Alaphilippe shared a table and a lively chat before our ICA seven showed up.

This anecdote may serve as a reminder of what awaits our guys tomorrow. Not only one damn hard course with it’s 35 short steep hills and 260 km, but super rivals , clearly the best that pro cycling has to offer Will be there tomorrow. ( did we mention The seemingly unbeaten Van Poel or P. Sagan? )

Are we intimidated? No chance.

Are we humble and realistic? You bet.

“ I feel I can still be competitive “ said our leader and top rider Ben Hermans. “But I need to have great legs . We will see that after 200 km’s. Whatever happens, it’s a great to race in my back yard, the Limburg area. For me, it’s one of the best”.

Hermans is our hope. His teammates-are determined to help him and enjoy the opportunity racing here in one of the biggest stages of the Classic season. “ One of the coolest races of the year. So hard, so intense. Little rest and a lot of stress” said our Norwegian August Jensen.

What’s unique? No cobbles. But also no flat stretches. “It’s just spectacular “ exclaimed our home boy Dutch Dennis van Winden. “ Although it’s extremely hard I believe we will have opportunities to show ourselves”.

Italian Kristian Sbaragli: “ The level is stellar but I think we can fight and be in the battle .. team look good so I hope to be in the mix”.

For our Israeli Champion Roy Goldstein , it’s the second time around. “I feel that I am more matured and experienced now and I hope to have a chance to help”.

Long shot. But nothing to lose.

The squad:

Ben Hermans 🇧🇪
Roy Goldstein 🇮🇱
Tom Van Asbroeck - 🇧🇪
Clément Carisey - 🇫🇷
Kristian Sbaragli - 🇮🇹
Dennis Van Winden -🇳🇱
August Jensen - 🇳🇴

Pictures: Noa Arnon

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