Tom Dumoulin: Amstel Gold is the race of the year for me

With the race starting in his home town of Maastricht, Tom Dumoulin says the Amstel Gold Race is his favourite event of the year

It’s not often you hear a rider gushing about the Amstel Gold Race, let alone saying it is their favourite race of the year, but as a proud Limburgian, Tom Dumoulin can’t wait for Sunday.

With the race starting in his home town of Maastricht, Dumoulin is keen to race in front of his people, despite the fact that the race doesn’t really suit him particularly well.

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In fact, he’s never finished higher than 20th in the race, and even though he had the choice not to ride any of the Ardennes Classics ahead of the Giro d’Italia, Dumoulin couldn’t turn down the Amstel Gold.

[Amstel Gold] is the race of the year for me,” he said, quoted on

“I don’t really have a specific goal for the Amstel. I hope for a free role. I’m not sure I’m a leader, with Simon Geschke and Warren Barguil also in our team. But after 2015 I will have more confident at the start.”

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Dumoulin will skip La Flèche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege next week in order to concentrate fully on the Tour de Romandie, ahead of what he hopes will be a successful Giro d’Italia in May.