Due to strict Corona measures in the Netherlands, tomorrow’s Amstel Gold Race will be held on a closed circuit in and around Valkenburg.
A total of 13 laps (17 km) are on the list. For the first 12 laps, riders have to tame 3 slopes each time: Geulhemmerberg, Bemelerberg and Cauberg. On the final lap, Cauberg disappears.
The Amstel Gold Race, for example, has 38 slopes, and is good for over 2,700 vertical meters.
But why can’t the Amstel Gold Race be staged on the original track like the Flemish classics?
“In Belgium, people can be proud of themselves. The race is intense there, but during past classics there was no one standing along the track,” says Leo Van Fleet, organizer of the Amstel Gold Race.
“We can do this during the Amstel Gold Race, but then we won’t get a pass. We shouldn’t pick something that won’t happen (last year the Amstel Gold Race was canceled).
According to some, the Amstel Gold Race is a lot like the glorified fairground race due to that local circuit. But regulator Leo Van Fleet does not agree at all.
“It’s going to be a tough race. Riders will race on a track similar to the World Championship.”
“If you then talk about a” tour “, you are talking about a tour that has a history up to 1938. Because Marcel Kent then took the world title here in Valkenburg.
“Break shot (1948), Oscar Kamensind (1998) and Philip Gilbert (2012) also became world champions on tour in and around Valkenburg.”
You don’t have to miss a thing from the Amstel Gold Race tomorrow. From the very beginning we have been present in our application with updates. At 2 p.m. the broadcast begins on One.
The women’s competition starts at 8.30 am. We are broadcasting live photos on canvas from 11.05 am.