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The Danish star in the total transformation: - a minor miracle

Michael Valgren was the year cyclist in Denmark to 2018.

The competition came to a large extent after a great spring, where he triumphed in the Omloop Het Nieuwsblaad and in the Amstel Gold Race, and ended up just outside the podium in Flanders, Around.

It brought the 27-year-old thybo a lucrative contract with Dimension Data and gave hopes of a beautiful spring in years.

The hopes is before the spring final Ardennes week been confounded.

Valgren has been a shadow of itself in the races that suited him well, and he has also been hit by the disease - most recently, he was number 103 in Flanders Around.

Therefore, it is difficult to hope on the firework display from the dane's side in Sunday's Amstel Gold Race.

- No, there must be a less miracle to acknowledge Ekstra cykelekspert, Michael Rasmussen.

He believes not even that, although Valgren put up with ettallet on the back, so he can defend calling himself the captain of the Dimension of the Data, which makes with three former winners of the race - in addition to Valgren is the Roman Kreuziger and Enrico Gasparotto, who last year became the number two and three in the race.

- Not like he has been running until now.

- Immediately similar to Gasparotto is the best bet after his seventh place finish in Wednesday's Brabantsje Pijl, where Kreuziger was number 15. But even if they are on the way forward, none of them up as favorites, says Michael Rasmussen.

He also notes Edvald Boasson-Hagen, and Tom-Jelte Slagter in the boot list, which on paper makes the Dimension Data to a very strong team. Yet it is hard to believe top rankings.

- They have not shown anything this year that warrants them to be the favorites.

- If we are to see with Danish glasses, so we should rather look at Jakob Fuglsang.

- He can also the race - he had a great share in the Valgrens victory last year, says Michael Rasmussen.

the Race has traditionally had the end at the top of the Cauberg or immediately after. The organizers shook the dog bag last year, then they would have a different dynamic in the race, so the Bemelerberg now is the last increase, and then approximately five kilometers to the target ad wider roads.

It utilized Michael Valgren last year to run away with a few kilometers to the target and run to victory.

the Favorites Amstel Gold Race,


Mathieu van der Poel, Corendon-Circus
Julian Alaphilippe, Deceuninck-QuickStep
Michael Matthews, Sunweb


Tim Wellens, Lotto-Soudal
Michal Kwiatkowski, Sky
Alejandro Valverde, the Movistar


Jakob Fuglsang, Astana
Alexey Lutsenko, Astana
Peter Sagan, Bors-Hansgrohe
Wout Van Aert, Jumbo-Visma
Alberto Bettiol, COMMUNITY Education

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Fine Danish footprint in the beer during

the Amstel Gold Race is closely associated with the brewery Amstel. The Dutch brewery has been a sponsor since the first edition in 1966 - and the riders on the podium to get a foaming draft beer to rinse kindkyssene down with.

the Race has traditionally been considered as the opening of the Ardennes classics, although the course is not located in the Ardennes, which would otherwise form the frame of Flèche-Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

The two races have a long history, while cykelsports-connoisseurs are reluctant to call the Amstel Gold Race is a classic. In the 53 editions until now, the danes managed to put out stamp on the race.

the Two wins it has been through time, where the total is blecvet to ten rankings in the top-10.


Bjarne Riis, 1997
Michael Valgren, 2018


Kim Andersen, 1984
Michael Valgren, 2016


Jacob Fuglsang, 2011


Jesper Skibby, 1995
Bo Hamburger, 1998


Per Pedersen, 1989


Jacob Fuglsang, 2018


Rolf Sørensen, 1997

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The Danish users spring

There have in 2019 been high hopes about the great Danish results. Michael Rasmussen assesses here the five most prominent danes, the springtime is here within the last Ardennes week.

- He must hope that there has been a small miracle in the break he has had.

- It has either worked for him or the team who has been completely absent.

- You are not assessed on whether you are ill or have been to the sister 60th birthday. You will be assessed on its results and, in particular, a man who earns ten million dollars a year. He will not be assessed on whether he completes the races, or is a good to get bottles of water.

- It has been the soft mellemvare for him. There have been good measures, but it is not become more.

- It has been far from what he delivered last year. This spring, he has not taken the step up he has done in the past.

- compared to last year, he has taken to Spain in order to prepare, so it must be a disappointment, when the both the time and financial investment has paid off.

- He has delivered an incredibly high standard in all of cycling - and he has actually won quite a few of them. We have been accustomed to, that he has been running strong, but we have not been accustomed to the fact that he has stood on the podium in almost all the stage races.

- He has hardly run a bad race yet.

- He saves the Danish spring until now - and it is also for him to pull the rabbit out of the hat in the coming week.

He has also been affected by the disease, but he has also been in a situation where he on occasions has run as captain. He has not really delivered.

- There were promises of something in the very early spring, where he ran well in Portugal, but he has not really come back to that level.

- He wins a great stage in Paris-Nice. After that, he has been good at hitting the outbreaks, but otherwise been notable by its absence in the big finals, where he has not come up with or been outright put.

- He is number 15 in the Milan-Sanremo, but if the race is the goal of the season, then it should be in the first group and running for the win.

- But okay, it's not easy to be 15'is in the race, so overall his spring has been more than approved.

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surprised

- Kasper Asgreen (Deceuninck-QuickStep) was number 2 in Flanders. Very impressive. But as I previously touched on here in the slots, then there were circumstances, which did, that he was allowed to it. But nice under all circumstances.

- Jonas Vingegaard (Jumbo-Visma) drove an absolutely amazing stage in the tour of the Basque country, where he at the last møghårde stage ran into another group. It is not because of luck or tactics. There is the promise of something great on the climbs at one time or another.

- Alexander Battle (Riwal Readynez) has been running for a good spring with a few podieplaceringer and the next day in the Settimana Internazionale, overall victory in the Circuit des Ardennes, and then he was otter in Brabantsje Pijl against the very best. It is in the degree approved.

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