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Editors’ Picks: Who will win Amstel Gold?

The Amstel Gold Race is the first major "Ardennes" classic — our expert editors pick the top contenders for this hilly spring showdown.

Here are our rapid-fire predictions for Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race. The VeloNews editorial staff will make predictions for major races throughout the season.

John Bradley, editor in chief
Pick: Michal Kwiatkowski

He’s been getting podiums since January — including a win at E3 last month — in races that don’t suit him as well as Amstel.

Spencer Powlison, news director
Pick: Julian Alaphilippe

Petr Vakoc won Wednesday’s Brabantse Pijl, but you could argue that Alaphilippe looked even better in the midweek tune-up, making the late break, chasing down errant moves, and driving the pace to keep the peloton away. He’ll lead Etixx at Amstel and devote that building form to his own result on Sunday.

Chris Case, managing editor
Pick: Michael Matthews

One of the most talented and versatile riders in the peloton, Matthews has the endurance to go the distance, the climbing ability to crest the Cauberg with the strongest of the strong, and the sprint to finish it off. He finished third last year. He’ll step it up this year … He better, because we put him on the cover of the May issue.

Caley Fretz, senior editor
Pick: Michael Matthews

His Orica – GreenEdge team will be extra motivated after its Roubaix win, particularly with Hayman on the start list.

Andrew Hood, European correspondent
Pick: Simon Gerrans

He’s due for a big win and Amstel Gold Race is ideal for his style of racing. If he doesn’t win, Matthews will — Orica is on a roll.

Dan Cavallari, tech editor
Pick: Michal Kwiatkowski

He showed his chops at E3 Harelbeke and looked like a real contender at Flanders. Amstel seems a bit more tailored to his strengths, too.

Kristen Legan, associate editor
Pick: Michal Kwiatkowski

I think we’re due for a repeat winner here, and last year Kwiatkowski figured out the formula for those exciting finishing kilometers.

Gregor Brown, reporter
Pick: Michal Kwiatkowski

He proved to have the winning punch in the E3 Harelbeke and nearly had it in Flanders, where he created the winning move for Sagan. After some specific training, he should be ready to sip the winner’s Amstel Gold beer.

Dane Cash, web editor and reporter
Pick: Michal Kwiatkowski

It’s hard to say whether the Amstel Gold Race will come down to a late escape on the Cauberg or a reduced sprint, but defending champ Kwiatkowski has what it takes to win either way.