• Robert Gesink (C) and teammates during the LottoNL-Jumbo team presentation in Den Bosch on January 8, 2016 (Getty) (Getty Images)Source: Getty Images
Team LottoNL-Jumbo starts the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, April 17th, with Robert Gesink, Sep Vanmarcke, Wilco Kelderman and Paul Martens as its main guns. The Dutch team aims to deliver in its home country.
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13 Apr 2016 - 9:08 AM  UPDATED 13 Apr 2016 - 9:14 AM

“We don’t have the top favourite in our team, but we have a strong group of riders who are very motivated for this race,” Sports Director Merijn Zeeman said the week before the Dutch classic.

“Robert Gesink, Sep Vanmarcke, Wilco Kelderman and Paul Martens have to be in good position from the Kruisberg, so they can focus on the finale of the race. Paul Martens will be active already in the pre-finale.”

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Gesink did the Amstel Gold Race last in 2012, but is making it a part of his programme again with a focus on the one-day races and stages in the big tours, where he is usually expected to post top-ten results.

Gesink came out of the Vuelta al País Vasco feeling good after finishing a solid 28th.

“It was a very tough race, with bad weather, and I had to recover from that a couple of days,” Gesink said. “My level was high, though, and I was able to compete with the best, except for one day in which the weather took its toll.

“I expect to be ready for Sunday. To race in your home country is always special. Plus I think that we have a team that is ready to fight for the trophy.

"Wilco and Paul showed some very good things in the Basque Country. Besides that, we have a very strong Sep Vanmarcke, who’s going to give us a lot of pleasure.”

LottoNL-Jumbo for the Amstel Gold Race
Enrico Battaglin, Robert Gesink, Wilco Kelderman, Bert-Jan Lindeman, Paul Martens, Mike Teunissen, Maarten Tjallingii and Sep Vanmarcke.