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42nd Amstel Gold - Quickstep/Innergetic Team Preview
By Staff
Date: 4/21/2007
42nd Amstel Gold - Quickstep/Innergetic Team Preview

42nd Amstel Gold - Quickstep/Innergetic Team Preview
The "Classics Super Team" team rides in support of World Champion Paolo Bettini in his quest to add the Amstel Gold to his collection of one day and Classics palmares.

Bart Hazen

Quick Step/Innergetic undoubtedly the strongest one day ProTour team, will arrive at the start in Maastricht with a very strong team to contest the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday April 22.

Team leader Paolo Bettini (Italy)   Photo c. Bart Hazen

Quick Step will start with World Champion Paolo Bettini (Italy), Addy Engels (The Netherlands), Bram Tankink (The Netherlands), Jurgen van de Walle (Belgium), Cedric Vasseur (France), Matteo Tosatto (Italy), Carlos Barredo (Spain) and Giovanni Visconti (Italy).

Matteo Tosatto (Italy)  Photo c. Bart Hazen

Cedric Vasseur (France)  Photo c. Bart Hazen

Addy Engels (The Netherlands)    Photo c. Bart Hazen

World Champion Paolo Bettini is the leader of the team. Bettini is a specialist for the one-day classics and won the following former World Cup races so far in his career: Liege-Bastogne-Liege (2000 & 2002), Championships of Zürich (2001, 2005), Classica San Sebastian (2003), Milano-SanRemo (2003), HEW Cyclassics (2003), and the Giro di Lombardia (2005, 2006). He even won twice the final ranking of the World Cup which makes him one of the best, perhaps the best, one-day racer in the past decade.

The only classics which Paolo hasn’t won so far, but which he would love to win are the Tour of Flanders and the Amstel Gold. Maybe he can win tomorrow? In 2006 Bettini finished 8th on top of the Cauberg at 53 seconds off winner Fränk Schleck.

Jurgen van de Walle (Belgium)    Photo c. Bart Hazen

The other riders have to work for the team and if Paolo should have a bad day they can go for own glory as well. Bram Tankink is in good shape, and rode strongly in Pais Vasco before getting ill.

Bram Tankink (The Netherlands)   Photo c. Bart Hazen

Quickstep/Innergetic Amstel Squad.
Paolo Bettini (Italy)
Addy Engels (The Netherlands)
Bram Tankink (The Netherlands)
Jurgen van de Walle (Belgium)
Cedric Vasseur (France)
Matteo Tosatto (Italy)
Carlos Barredo (Spain)
Giovanni Visconti (Italy)

Carlos Barredo (Spain)        
Photo c. Bart Hazen

Giovanni Visconti (Italy)         Photo c. Bart Hazen

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