Easter Sunday kicked off the Ardennes week this year with the Amstel Gold Race. On a cold and windy day, the peloton started their 260 kilometer race from the Market square in Maastricht.
Brendan Canty waved the flag for Cannondale-Drapac in the break of the day, a task he was set by sport directors Tom Southam and Juanma Garate.
“I was very satisfied to see that Brendan, who isn’t used to this type of racing, was able to get into the break. He’s really strong,” said Southam afterwards.
“I had a job to do today and that was to get in the break, so I’m very happy I managed that,” Canty added. “I don’t think I’ve ridden this far before… ever.”
When designated team leader Alberto Bettiol abandoned the race with stomach problems, the plan for the day had to be revised. Cannondale-Drapac missed the six-rider lead group that formed in the final of the race, and couldn’t close the gap before winner Philippe Gilbert reached the finish line first.
“The guys were all on a good level. We just didn’t have that guy to finish it off,” Southam concluded.