Amstel Gold Race

Amstel Gold Race på söndag tillhör vårklassikerna tillsammans med Liege-Bastogne-Liege, Flandern runt, Paris Roubaix, Gent Wevelgem.

De har bytt målet från att tidigare ha varit i backen i Cauberg till att vara 1,8km längre upp på exakt samma plats som målet på VM i Valkenburg var.

Mitt hetaste tips är att Peter Sagan eller Philippe Gilbert kommer att vinna,(Gilbert vann 2010,2011). Bauke Mollema är också en bra kandidat. Enrico Gasparotto vann loppet förra året.

Amstel Gold Race är ett professionellt tävlingslopp för herrar på cykel. Namnet refererar inte till floden Amstel, som ligger långt bort, utan till sponsorn Heinekens ölmärket Amstel. Loppet går till största delen i södra delen av provinsen Limburg. Bansträckningen har ändrats många gånger, men sedan 2003 ligger målet på toppen av Cauberg-backen i Valkenburg. Tidigare låg målet i Maastricht. Loppet ingår i de så kallade vårklassikerna.

AMSTEL GOLD RACE
RACE | NEW FINAL
New finish for Amstel Gold Race
This year’s Amstel Gold Race, the 48th edition, has a different finish location. The new finish line will be 1.8 kilometers further on from the famous Cauberg in Valkenburg, in exactly the same location as the 2012 cycling World Championships. In addition, this year’s hopefuls must also climb the Cauberg twice in the final stages of the race.

The organisers of the only Dutch cycling classic and UCI World Tour event decided to change the finish as a result of positive feedback following the 2012 World Championships. Amstel Gold Race course director Leo van Vliet saw for himself the success of the new finish location through his role as coach of the the Dutch men’s elite team.
By shifting the finish the organisation expects a more exciting, interesting final phase and arrival. This year, overcoming the climb of the Cauberg (800 m, slope 12%) alone will not suffice. The move not only provides a bigger challenge to the riders but also gives greater space for spectators and team facilities.

In the final stages of this year’s race the peloton will ascend the Cauberg before passing through the finish area for the first time. However, they will then proceed up the Geulhemmerberg (970m, slope 7.9%) before heading towards Maastricht. They return to Valkenburg for the last time via the Bemerlerberg (900m, slope 7%) and the village of Sibbe. The riders then climb the Cauberg for the final time, pushing their way through the massive crowds that always line the hill, and on to the finish in Vilt.

The 48th Amstel Gold Race will run for a total of 251 km. There are 33 climbs on the route which together make up over 4000m of climbing.
Five more years for Maastricht and Valkenburg.The Amstel Gold Race will continue to start in Maastricht and finish in Valkenburg for the next 5 years. The organisers have negotiated with the city councils for the race to run between the two cities until 2017.

The 48th edition of the Amstel Gold Race will be held on Sunday, April 14th, 2013. The race begins at 10:15 in the Market Square in Maastricht and is expected to finish at around 16:45 in Valkenburg, when the successor to Enrico Gasparotto will be crowned.

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