April 15, 2005
Amstel Gold previews
Davide Rebellin is the returning Amstel Gold champ, the first in his 2004 three-run of Amstel, Fleche Wallone, and Liege-Bastogne-Liege. This season, he was second at the Tour of the Basque Country to Danilo Di Luca, both of whom bear watching on Sunday.
Discovery Channel DS Johan Bruyneel says George Hincapie is good to go:
"George is in great shape, both mentally and physically," said Discovery director Johan Bruyneel.
Other riders to watch include Paolo Bettini, Oscar Freire, and Michael Boogerd. Tom Boonen, who is seemingly winning at will, won't be racing, nor will Peter Van Petegem, who's hurt.
Update: VeloNews has posted a preliminary start list for Amstel Gold.