Amstel Gold Race: Felline and Benoot out while Westra replaced by Diego Rosa
Lieuwe Westra has caught the flu and had to be replaced for Amstel Gold Race by Astana with Diego Rosa. The Italian rider has recently won a stage in Volta Ciclista al Pais Vasco in an impressive manner as he had enough time to lift his bike across the finish line.
Moreover, Fabio Felline from Trek Segafredo crashed in the neutral zone and had to abandon the race prematurely. The Trek rider is undergoing facial surgery right now, but his team confirm he may be able to leave hospital tonight. There were unconfirmed reports straight after his crash that he had broken his nose.
Tiesj Benoot was also forced to abandon Amstel Gold Race after about 25 KM because he is reportedly feeling ill. That is a big hit for Lotto Soudal, but they still have riders like Tony Gallopin, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens ready to fight.