Van Vleuten and Spratt give Mitchelton-Scott two favourites at Amstel Gold

Annemiek van Vleuten (Mitchelton-Scott) second at Tour of Flanders

The Ardennes Classics kick off with Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, and Mitchelton-Scott will line up with two heavy-hitters in Annemiek van Vleuten and Amanda Spratt , both of whom want to win. "It's no secret that my big target for the first half of the season are the Ardennes races, so I just feel excited and ready for these races to start," Spratt said in a team press release. In her latest Cyclingnews blog, Van Vleuten also took aim at the Ardennes Classics as one of her biggest targets post-knee injury, and with a special eye on Amstel Gold Race because it's in the Netherlands. "I think that Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège will probably suit me the best, but Amstel Gold is in the Netherlands, and so it's my 'home' race," Van Vleuten wrote after winning the Women’s WorldTour opener at Strade Bianche. "Winning there would be extra special. ...

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