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Participating teams Amstel Gold Race

Participating teams Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition announced

The organisation of the Amstel Gold Race has announced the 6 wildcards for the Amstel Gold Race 2021. The 55th Amstel Gold Race on Sunday 18 April will feature the UCI ProTeam Alpecin-Fenix (Belgium) alongside the 19 WorldTeams whom are obligatory invited.

The remaining 5 Wildcards are awarded to:
• Bingoal WB (Belgium)
• Gazprom – Rusvelo (Russia)
• Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (Belgium)
• Team Arkéa – Samsic (France)
• UNO – X Pro Cycling Team (Norway)
As the winning team of 2019, Alpecin – Fenix will be invited again this year. They will have the first start numbers assigned. The Dutch spring classic is once again part of the UCI WorldTour this year. The 19 WorldTeams of the UCI WorldTour are automatically entitled to participate in the Amstel Gold Race.

In accordance with UCI rules, the following 19 UCI WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race:
• AG2R Citroen Team (France)
• Astana – Premier Tech (Kazakhstan)
• Bahrain Victorious (Bahrain)
• Bora – Hansgrohe (Germany)
• Cofidis (France)
• Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Belgium)
• EF Education – Nippo (United States)
• Groupama – FDJ (France)
• INEOS Grenadiers (Great Britain)
• Intermaché – Wanty – Gobert Matériaux (Belgium)
• Israel Start-up Nation (Israel)
• Jumbo – Visma (The Netherlands)
• Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
• Movistar Team (Spain)
• Team DSM (Germany)
• Team Qhubeka Assos (South Africa)
• Team BikeExchange (Australia)
• Trek – Segafredo ( United States)
• UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates)

The participating teams in the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition have also been announced. Next to the 9 UCI Women’s WorldTeams 15 UCI Women’s Continental Teams have been invited.

In accordance with UCI rules, the following 9 UCI Women’s WorldTeams are automatically invited to the race:
• Ale‘ BTC Ljubljana (Italy)
• Canyon // SRAM Racing (Germany)
• FDJ Nouvelle-Aquitaine Futuroscope (France)
• Liv Racing (The Netherlands)
• Movistar Team Women (Spain)
• Team BikeExchange (Australia)
• Team DSM (Germany)
• Team SD Worx (The Netherlands)
• Trek – Segafredo (United States)

De 15 UCI Women’s Continental Teams
• Andy Schleck – CP NVST – Immo Losch (Luxembourg)
• A.R. Monex Women’s Pro Cycling Team (Italy)
• Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire Cycling Team (Belgium)
• CAMS-Tifosi (Great Britain)
• Ceratizit-WNT Pro Cycling Team (Germany)
• Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team (Russia)
• Doltcini – Van Eyck – Proximus Continental Team (Belgium)
• GT Krush Tunap Pro Cycling (Netherlands)
• Jumbo-Visma Women Team (The Netherlands)
• Lotto Soudal Ladies (Belgium)
• Multum Accountants Ladies Cycling Team (Belgium)
• NXTG Racing (The Netherlands)
• Parkhotel Valkenburg (The Netherlands)
• Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank (United States)
• Valcar Travel & Service (Italy)

17-kilometre circuit
On Sunday 18th April, the elite women and men will be riding 7 and 13 laps of 17 kilometres respectively, with each lap climbing the Geulhemmerberg, the Bemelerberg and the Cauberg. The final circuit of the men’s race will omit the Cauberg. The Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition will be held in the morning, with the start at approximately 8.30 a.m. and the finish around noon. The men’s Amstel Gold Race starts at 12.15 pm and is expected to finish at around 5.45 pm. Because of the current Covid-19 measures the start will not take place on the Vrijthof square in Maastricht, but within a closed area at the top of the Cauberg. The organisation asks everyone to watch the race from home and not to travel to Limburg.

URL : https://nieuws.amstel.nl/deelnemende-teams-amstel-gold-race-en-amstel-gold-race-ladies-edition-bekend/

Amstel Gold Race to return on Sunday April 18th

Valkenburg, March 8th – This year’s Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition, part of the UCI WorldTour and the Women’s WorldTour, will take place on Sunday April 18th, on a modified circuit through the municipalities of Valkenburg aan de Geul, Maastricht and Eijsden-Margraten. The circuit, of approximately 17 kilometres, will be hermetically closed to day tourists and public. The organisation asks everyone to watch the race from home and not to travel to Limburg.

Leo van Vliet, Race Director Amstel Gold Race: “We are very happy with the message from the authorities that the Amstel Gold Race and the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition can be held on the April 18th. Since the cancellation in October 2020, we have continued to talk to the authorities and have been able to work out the plans in detail. We are aware that a lot can still happen towards 18th April, but we thank the national and regional authorities for their support in this process.”

Public not allowed

The three mayors of the municipalities have decided that the Amstel Gold Race can take place on April 18th, but they have attached conditions to it. The entire area around the circuit will be hermetically closed to day tourists and cycling public. No spectators are allowed on the circuit either. This will be strictly enforced by the municipalities. The organisation will ensure that the area remains accessible for residents and businesses.
Mayor Jan Schrijen of Valkenburg aan de Geul explains the decision to allow the organization to organize the Amstel Gold Race: „In October there was an emergency order and therefore other rules. With the temporary Covid-19 law the local mayors got authorized for these decisions. The current ministerial regulation makes it possible for the races to go ahead this year. The ministry of Health, Wellbeing and Sports has also granted permission. The Amstel Gold Race is regarded as a top-class sporting event and for that reason it can be organised this year. However, this means that no public is allowed and that all peripheral activities such as the VIP tents and the advertising caravan cannot take place. It is also important to us that the accessibility of all villages in the closed area is guaranteed at all times. The organisation has now had more time to prepare everything carefully. This is why we think it is responsible for the Amstel Gold Race to be held in our region again this year. We are confident that the organization will ensure that everything will run safely and the cycling fans can enjoy a beautiful cycling race in front of their television.“

UCI President David Lappartient also declared: „On behalf of the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), I would like to say how pleased we are that the Amstel Gold Race and the Amstel Gold Race Ladies are being maintained this year, after their cancellation in 2020. I would like to thank the competent Dutch authorities for their support and for finding a solution with this 17 km circuit. It is very important that the races on our UCI International Road Calendar, and in particular the UCI WorldTour and the UCI Women’s WorldTour, take place, with of course all the adaptations made necessary by the current pandemic context. This excellent news confirms that our sport knows how to find solutions, thanks to the collaboration of all its stakeholders, despite the difficult circumstances of the health crisis. Congratulations to Leo van Vliet and the entire organization team of the men’s and women’s Amstel Gold Race!“

17-kilometre circuit
On Sunday 18the April, the elite women and men will be riding 7 and 13 laps of 17 kilometres respectively, with each lap climbing the Geulhemmerberg, the Bemelerberg and the Cauberg. The final circuit of the men’s race will omit the Cauberg. The Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition will be held in the morning, with the start at approximately 8.30 a.m. and the finish around noon. The men’s Amstel Gold Race starts at 12.15 pm and is expected to finish at around 5.45 pm. Because of the current Covid-19 measures the start will not take place on the Vrijthof square in Maastricht, but within a closed area at the top of the Cauberg.

Organisation calls on everyone to follow race at home

„In order to close off the area hermetically to the public, we will deploy approximately 350 traffic controllers, security guards and staff. We therefore ask everyone to watch the Amstel Gold Race at home this year. The NOS will be there all day and will broadcast both the men’s and women’s races live, so the cycling fan who stays at home won’t have to miss a thing. I hope that everyone can enjoy an exciting race. Together, we really have to make sure that the race can take place in a safe way”, says Van Vliet.
Residents in the closed off area will be informed further in the coming weeks and will of course be able to access their homes throughout the day.
Tour version Amstel Gold Race
Earlier, the organisation had already decided to move the Tour Version of the Amstel Gold Race with 15,000 participants to Saturday 11th September. Already registered participants have been informed and can postpone their registration to 11 September. There are still a few tickets available. For more information go to www.amstelgoldrace.nl.

Tour ride Amstel Gold Race for amateurs rescheduled to Saturday 11 September 2021

Tour ride Amstel Gold Race for amateurs rescheduled to Saturday 11 September 2021

Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition elite races will still take place on 18 April 2021

The organization of the Amstel Gold Race has decided to reschedule the Tour Ride of the Amstel Gold Race, with 15.000 participants, to Saturday 11 September 2021. The elite races of the Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition are still scheduled for Sunday 18 April 2021.

Every year, the Amstel Gold Race organises a cycling weekend for both amateurs on Saturday and professionals on Sunday. „Unfortunately, two months before the Amstel Gold Race 2021, we have to conclude again that a cycling tour ride with 15,000 participants (amateurs) is not feasible in April due to the current COVID-19 circumstances. This is extremely unfortunate, of course we prefer to organise the tour ride simultaneously with the professional race. Safety always comes first, which is why we have decided to postpone the tour ride until Saturday, 11 September. The start of the worldwide vaccination programme gives us hope that we will be able to organise the tour ride safely later this year“, says Leo van Vliet, Race Director Amstel Gold Race.

Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition
Preparations for the Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition on Sunday 18 April are still in full swing. „We are working closely with local governments and safety authorities to organise the elite races in a safe way. The plans are ready and as an organisation we can adjust quickly if necessary. In contrary to the amateur tour ride, the professional races are easier to regulate, especially since cycling teams have been living strictly by the UCI’s COVID-19 protocols for months. We believe that top-class sporting events such as the Amstel Gold Race, with its WorldTour status, can be organised safely under strict conditions. Last year this was proven several times, especially in Belgium“, said Van Vliet.

Participants who were already registered for the tour version in April will keep their tickets for the edition on 11 September. They will be informed about this.
URL : https://nieuws.amstel.nl/toerversie-amstel-gold-race-verplaatst-naar-zaterdag-11-september/

Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2020 cancelled

Valkenburg, September 30, 2020 – The Amstel gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition will not be held on October 10. The three organizing municipalities and the South Limburg Safety Region have decided this due to the newly announced national measures, where it clearly states no public is allowed to attend sports matches.

„The past months have been very intensive. The COVID-19 pandemic caused the organization of the Amstel Gold Race to be very complex. We have worked hard to make the Amstel Gold Race Corona proof. In recent weeks it has become clear that a route through South Limburg, with passages in ten municipalities, was unfeasible. That is why we have shifted our focus and carefully worked on a new plan with a smaller circuit of 16.9 kilometres. The course and the area around the course would be closed to the public to prevent crowds and to guarantee a 1.5-meter distance. On Monday we were fully prepared to make this known to the world, but the new measures announced by the cabinet later that evening meant that the plans had to be revised again. With the condition „no public“ it became an almost impossible task. From Tuesday morning, we consulted with representatives of the Security Region and the municipalities. In their final deliberation, the mayors determined that they could not guarantee a public free race. To our regret, the security region came with a decision and needless to say we cannot do anything else but respect this decision However, we look forward to return next year with a fantastic race“, according to Leo van Vliet, race director of the Amstel Gold Race.

Jan Schrijen, mayor of the municipality of Valkenburg aan de Geul responds on behalf of the three organizing municipalities and states the following: „Until last Monday, we were 95% convinced that the Amstel Gold Race could continue with a closed course. Due to the new measure, sporting events can only take place without an audience. The three municipalities and the Safety Region have come to the conclusion that it is impossible to organize the Amstel Gold Race, even on a closed course, without spectators. Residents and holidaymakers staying in the area cannot be denied entry. And that means that there is no guarantee that the course will be public free.It is extremely unpleasant for the organization, which, together with the municipalities and the Safety Region, have done everything to ensure that the Amstel Gold Race proceeds safely.“

No spectators at Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition

Tourversion Amstel Gold Race 2020 rescheduled to 2021

VALKENBURG, 19 August 2020 – The organisation of the Amstel Gold Race has decided to reschedule the Tourversion Amstel Gold Race, in which 15.000 participants start every year, to 17 April 2021. The elite edition of the Amstel Gold Race and the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition will be held on Saturday 10 October 2020 without spectators and the usual finish area. The organization asks everyone to watch the race from home and not to travel to Limburg.
A little less than two months beforethe Tourversion of the Amstel Gold Race we have to conclude that a cycling tour with 15.000 participants is not feasible. An additional reason to move the Tourversion to 2021 is that we want to fully focus on a safely organised Amstel Gold Race and Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition on Saturday 10 October 2020. This will be an edition without spectators. Normally many participants of the Tourversion are staying in Zuid-Limburg for the entire weekend to watch the elite races as well. By postponing the tourversion, this will not be the case this year. Together with local governments we are working on measurements to keep the start- and finish location and the climbs free of spectators. We are working together with the NOS (the Dutch television broadcasting organisation) to extend the live coverage of the Amstel Gold Race on television, so people can enjoy the full race at home“, says Leo van Vliet, course director of the Amstel Gold Race.
The organisation is working closely with local governments and safety authorities. Van Vliet: „All parties are committed to continue organising the Amstel Gold Race. We closely follow all developments and learn from the international cycling races that are currently taking place in Europe.“

Tourversion for 15.000 cycling enthousiasts
The registered participants of the Amstel Gold Race Tourversion will receive a message from the organization. Participants will be given the possibility to transfer their ticket to 2021 or get a refund of the entry fee. The Tourversion 2021 is scheduled on Saturday 17 April.
Broadcast NOS
The NOS will broadcast a extra-long live coverage of The Amstel Gold Race and The Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition on Saturday 10 October 2020 starting 12:10.

TOURVERSION AMSTEL GOLD RACE VIRTUAL FOR THE FIRST TIME

TOURVERSION AMSTEL GOLD RACE VIRTUAL FOR THE FIRST TIME
Participate and test your skills in the ultimate final of the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday 19th April

Valkenburg, 14 April 2020 – This weekend, cycling fans and pros are able to ride the Tourversion of the Amstel Gold Race after all. How? From their own houses, garden or garage. The Amstel Gold Race will be organized virtually for the first time in history. Via the platform of BKool everyone can test their legs in the ultimate final of the Amstel Gold Race together with friend and pros.

‚We did everything possible to organize an Amstel Gold Race weekend in an alternative way. With the virtual Amstel Gold Race we challenge everyone to take on this challenge, both the touring cyclists and the pro riders. Fans can also enjoy the race as spectators. So it’s exactly what the Amstel Gold Race weekend is meant for. It will not be a race, but a joint tour. We opted for a course of 26 kilometers, this is not too long but the challenge is there for sure, because the vicious climbs from the finals of the Amstel Gold Race are all there. Meanwhile a number of pros already agreed to participate and the initiative is supported by ‚Oranje Peloton‘ of the Nederlandse Loterij‘, says Leo van Vliet, Race director of the Amstel Gold Race.

How to participate?
Participation is possible with an interactive hometrainer, such as Elite. Cycling fans can test their legs on the Kruisberg, Eyserbosweg, Fromberg, Keutenberg and the Cauberg as masterpiece in Valkenburg aan de Geul. There are three different starting times; 11h00, 12h00, 13h00. Because BKool offers the possibility for a 30 day free trial, everyone is able to participate without costs. or everyone who does not have an interactive trainer but still wants to follow the virtual race, there is the possibility to enjoy as a spectator via the Bkool platform. For more information, please check out www.amstelgoldrace.nl.
UCI Calendar
Whether the Amstel Gold Race can take place on another date this year is currently uncertain. The organization hopes to find a new date with the UCI for both the men and women race.

URL : https://nieuws.amstel.nl/toerversie-amstel-gold-race-voor-het-eerst-virtueel-verreden/

WILDCARDS FOR THE AMSTEL GOLD RACE 2020 ARE ANNOUNCED


Michael Walgren – winner of the 2018 edition
Foto: Gerhard Plomitzer

The organization of the Amstel Gold Race has announced six wildcards for the only Dutch cycling classic to be held this year on Sunday, April 19.

Circus – Wanty Gobert (België)
Alpecin – Fenix (België)
Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (België)
Wallonie Bruxelles (België)
Team Arkéa – Samsic (Frankrijk)
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team (Denemarken)

The team of Mathieu van der Poel, who since this year has continued cycling under the name Alpecin-Fenix, is again at the start of the Amstel Gold Race this year. Circus – Wanty Gobert also appears at the start of the 55th Amstel Gold Race and hopes to repeat the trick of 2016 again, when Enrico Gasparotto won in the service of the Belgian cycling team. The Scandinavian formation Riwal Readynez will be at the start with a few Dutchmen. Total Direct Energie has rejected the invitation to participate in the Amstel Gold Race.

The 19 automatically entitled UCI WorldTour teams:

AG2R-La Mondiale (France)
Astana Pro Team (Kazachstan)
Bahrain – McLaren (Bahrain)
BORA-Hansgrohe (Germany)
CCC Team (Poland)
Cofidis (France)
Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Belgium)
EF Pro Cycling (United States)
Groupama- FDJ (France)
Israel Start-up Nation (Israel)
Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
Mitchelton-Scott (Australia)
Movistar Team (Spain)
NTT Pro Cycling Team (South-Afrika)
Team INEOS (United Kingdom)
Team Jumbo- Visma (The Netherlands)
Team Sunweb (Germany)
Trek – Segafredo (United States)
UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates)

The classic starts on Sunday 19 April at 10:30 am at the Vrijthof in Maastricht and finishes around 5 pm at the finish location in Vilt-Valkenburg. The peloton has to cover about 260 kilometers this year. There are 35 climbs on the program during the race.
The Amstel Gold Race was won by Kasia Niewiadoma and Mathieu van der Poel in 2019.

The Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition will feature 23 women’s teams


Chantal Blaak winning the 2018 edition
Photo: Gerhard Plomitzer

The Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition will be held on April 19th this year. Now in its fourth consecutive year, the women will cover the same 127 km course as previous editions.

“Women’s cycling is becoming more and more professional and at the Amstel Gold Race we are contributing to this by providing a world-class venue and facilities. The women’s race is partly run on the same beautiful course as the men and I have also worked hard to achieve smooth organisation, realistic prizes and starting money, not to mention broad media attention”, says race director Leontien van Moorsel.

This year, 23 teams will line up at the start. This is five more than in 2019. Fifteen teams have an automatic start for this Women’s WorldTour competition.

Alé BTC Ljubljana (Italy)
Canyon / SRAM Racing (Germany)
CCC – LIV (Poland)
FDJ Nouvelle – Aquitaine Futuroscope (France)
Movistar Team Women (Spain)
Mitchelton Scott (Australia)
Team Sunweb (Germany)
Trek – Segafredo (United States)
Boels Dolmans Cycling Team (The Netherlands)
Parkhotel Valkenburg (The Netherlands)
Ceratizit – WNT Pro Cycling Team (Germany)
Valcar – Travel & Service (Italy)
Bigla – Katusha (Switzerlnd)
Lotto Soudal Ladies (Belgium)
Cogeas Mettler Look Pro Cycling Team (Russia)

In addition, race director Leontien van Moorsel has allocated eight wildcards for the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition. The teams below will compete for the win through the wildcard.

Multum Accountants – LSK Ladies Cycling Team (Belgium)
Biehler Krush Pro Cycling (The Netherlands)
Doltcini – Van Eyck Sport UCI Women Cycling (Belgium)
NXTG Racing (The Netherlands)
Hitec Products – Birk Sport (Norway)
Astana Women’s Team (Kazakstan)
CAMS – Tifosi (Great Britain)
Chevalmeire Cycling Team (Belgium)

Starting money for women’s teams higher in this year’s Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition.
Due to regulatory changes from the UCI, the Amstel Gold Race will pay 10,000 euros more in starting money to the various teams this year. This is in addition to the prize money that the Amstel Gold Race pays out to the winners, which is already higher than the UCI prescribes. With this gesture, the Amstel Gold Race continues to make an extra contribution to the development of women’s cycling.

The Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition will again be broadcast live this year by NOS on NPO 1.
The ladies race starts at 10:50 from the Vrijthof in Maastricht. The 127 km course takes in a number of iconic Dutch hills including the Eyserbosweg and the Keutenberg. In the final stages of the race they will ride four local laps, which include climbs of the Cauberg, Geulhemmerberg and Bemelerberg.

WILDCARDS FOR THE AMSTEL GOLD RACE 2020 ARE ANNOUNCED

The organization of the Amstel Gold Race has announced six wildcards for the only Dutch cycling classic to be held this year on Sunday, April 19.

Circus – Wanty Gobert (België)
Alpecin – Fenix (België)
Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise (België)
Wallonie Bruxelles (België)
Team Arkéa – Samsic (Frankrijk)
Riwal Readynez Cycling Team (Denemarken)

The team of Mathieu van der Poel, who since this year has continued cycling under the name Alpecin-Fenix, is again at the start of the Amstel Gold Race this year. Circus – Wanty Gobert also appears at the start of the 55th Amstel Gold Race and hopes to repeat the trick of 2016 again, when Enrico Gasparotto won in the service of the Belgian cycling team. The Scandinavian formation Riwal Readynez will be at the start with a few Dutchmen. Total Direct Energie has rejected the invitation to participate in the Amstel Gold Race.
The 19 automatically entitled UCI WorldTour teams:

AG2R-La Mondiale (France)
Astana Pro Team (Kazachstan)
Bahrain – McLaren (Bahrain)
BORA-Hansgrohe (Germany)
CCC Team (Poland)
Cofidis (France)
Deceuninck – Quick-Step (Belgium)
EF Pro Cycling (United States)
Groupama- FDJ (France)
Israel Start-up Nation (Israel)
Lotto Soudal (Belgium)
Mitchelton-Scott (Australia)
Movistar Team (Spain)
NTT Pro Cycling Team (South-Afrika)
Team INEOS (United Kingdom)
Team Jumbo- Visma (The Netherlands)
Team Sunweb (Germany)
Trek – Segafredo (United States)
UAE Team Emirates (United Arab Emirates)

The classic starts on Sunday 19 April at 10:30 am at the Vrijthof in Maastricht and finishes around 5 pm at the finish location in Vilt-Valkenburg. The peloton has to cover about 260 kilometers this year. There are 35 climbs on the program during the race.

The Amstel Gold Race was won by Kasia Niewiadoma and Mathieu van der Poel in 2019. More information about the Ladies edition, which will be held on te same day as the men’s race just like last year, will follow soon.

Schachmann holt Rang fünf in einem unglaublichen Finale beim Amstel Gold Race

1 Mathieu Van Der Poel (Ned) Corendon – Circus 6:28:18
2 Simon Clarke (Aus) EF Education First 0
3 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0
4 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Deceuninck – Quick – Step 0
5 Maximilian Schachmann (Ger) Bora – Hansgrohe 0
6 Bjorg Lambrecht (Bel) Lotto Soudal 0
7 Alessandro De Marchi (Ita) CCC Team 0
8 Valentin Madouas (Fra) Groupama – FDJ 0
9 Romain Bardet (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale 0
10 Matteo Trentin (Ita) Mitchelton – Scott
11 Michal Kwiatkowski (Pol) Team Sky 0:00:02
12 Bauke Mollema (Ned) Trek – Segafredo
13 Rui Costa (Por) UAE Team Emirates 0:00:46
14 Greg Van Avermaet (Bel) CCC Team
15 Daryl Impey (RSA) Mitchelton – Scott 0:00:54
16 Michael Matthews (Aus) Team Sunweb
17 Jay Mc Carthy (Aus) Bora – Hansgrohe
18 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Team Dimension Data

Die 54. Austragung des Amstel Gold Race startete heute um 10:30 in Maastricht. Die gewohnt anspruchsvolle Strecke führte das Fahrerfeld über insgesamt 266 km gespickt mit 34 Anstiegen. Auch heute konnte sich früh im Rennen eine 11-köpfige Spitzengruppe bilden, die teilweise an die zehn Minuten Vorsprung herausfahren konnte. Im Feld arbeiteten die Teams Astana und Deceunick Quick-Step, weshalb sich ab Rennkilometer 150, unter deren Tempodiktat der Abstand zwischen Spitze und Peloton kontinuierlich verkleinerte. Besonders Astana drückte im Feld immer wieder auf das Tempo, doch es war M. Van der Poel der eine ernste Attacke 42 Kilometer vor dem Ende setzte. Nur G. Izaguirre konnte dem Niederländer zu diesem Zeitpunkt folgen und im Feld war man nun unter Zugzwang. Doch Deceunick Quick-Step reagierte sofort, holte die Ausreißer zurück und setzte einen Konter. BORA – hansgrohe wurde von dieser Rennsituation überrascht und verpasste diese erste echte Selektion, der nun auch die frühe Spitzengruppe zum Opfer fiel. Während J. Alaphilippe und J. Fuglsang an der Spitze waren, versuchten drei Verfolger die Lücke zu schließen. Dahinter befand sich nur noch ein kleines Feld mit Patrick Konrad, Max Schachmann und Jay McCarthy von BORA – hansgrohe, Peter Sagan hingegen war zu diesem Zeitpunkt bereits distanziert. Vor allem Jay arbeitete nun in der Gruppe, um die Verfolgung zu organisieren. Nach der letzten Auffahrt zum Cauberg, versuchten immer wieder Fahrer sich aus dem verkleinerten Feld abzusetzen, bevor Max Schachmann zu einer Attacke ansetzte. An der Spitze schien das Rennen entschieden zu sein, hinter dem Führungsduo lagen noch zwei Fahrer vor Schachmann, der aber Sekunde um Sekunde aufholen konnte. Doch auch hinter Max blieb das Rennen spannend und M. Van der Poel wollte sich ebenfalls noch nicht geschlagen geben. Als Schachmann zu den Verfolgern zwei Kilometer vor dem Ziel aufschließen konnte, war plötzlich auch eine Gruppe um Van der Poel wieder in Schlagdistanz. Auf der Zielgeraden verpokerten sich die beiden Spitzenreiter, Schachmann wurde von Van der Poel eingeholt und klemmte sich in dessen Windschatten, als dieser auf den letzten 100 Metern noch zum Sieg sprintete. Nach einer unglaublichen Leistung auf den letzten 15 Kilometern reichte es für Max letztlich zu einem starken fünften Rang, bei einem Rennen, das zweifellos in die Radsportgeschichte eingehen wird.
Reaktionen im Ziel
„Vor dem Anstieg an dem Alaphilippe losgefahren ist, habe ich leider etwas die Position verloren. Ich war dann einfach zu weit hinten um mitzugehen. Wir waren dann eine kleine Gruppe dahinter, und haben versucht etwas Tempo zu fahren. Nach dem Cauberg habe ich attackiert, war aber nicht sicher ob das die richtige Entscheidung war. Ich bin zuerst mal mein Tempo gefahren, aber als ich näher an die Verfolger herankam, habe ich alles gegeben. In dem Moment als ich aufschließen konnte, attackierte zuerst Kwiatkowski, ich habe versucht mitzugehen, aber plötzlich war Van der Poel an meinem Rad. Er ist dann einen sehr langen Sprint gefahren, und ich konnte mich in seinen Windschatten hängen. Aber nach 15 km Soloflucht und 260 km in den Beinen, hatte ich kaum noch Körner übrig. Daher bin ich mit dem fünften Rang heute auch zufrieden.“ – Maximilian Schachmann

„Am Beginn des Rennens haben wir uns darauf konzentriert keine große Gruppe wegzulassen. Das hat gut geklappt. An der entscheidenden Stelle waren wir mit Patrick, Max und Jay gut vertreten, leider konnte Peter dort aber dem Tempo nicht mehr folgen. Max hat dann eine unglaublich starke Leistung gezeigt und sich alleine auf die Verfolgung gemacht. Leider kam in dem Moment, als er zu den Verfolgern aufgeschlossen hat, auch die Gruppe dahinter wieder heran. Aber Max hat auch im Sprint noch alles richtig gemacht und einen sehr guten fünften Rang für uns eingefahren. Damit können wir sicher zufrieden sein, auch wenn wir mit Peter um den Sieg fahren wollten. Aber unsere jungen Fahrer haben heute die Kohlen aus dem Feuer geholt.“ – Enrico Poitschke, sportlicher Leiter
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Michael Valgren (Astana) gewinnt Amstel Gold Race 2018


Über schwere 263km und 35 Steigungen führte das Amstel Gold Race von Maastricht nach Berg in 2018. Die Veranstalter hatten das Finale gegenüber dem Vorjahr nochmals leicht verändert und erhofften sich so ein noch spannenderes Rennen.

Nach einer Gedenkminute für den bei Paris-Roubaix nach einem Herzstillstand verstorbenen Michael Goolaerts setzte sich das Peloton pünktlich um 10.30 Uhr am Marktplatz in Maastricht in Bewegung.

Und es dauerte nur 15 Kilometer, bis die beim Amstel übliche Fluchtgruppe des Tages sich absetzen konnte.
Erstaunlich war aber, dass darin durchaus sehr starke und bergfeste Fahrer vertreten waren, die dann auch einen Maximalvorsprung von über 15 Minuten auf das Feld herausfahren konnten.

Bram Tankink (Lotto NL-Jumbo), Tsgabu Grmay (Trek-Segafredo), Willie Smit (Katusha-Alpecin), Matteo Bono (United Emirates), Lawson Craddock (EF-Drapac), Oscar Riesebeek (Roompot-Nederlandse Loterij), Edward Dunbar (Aqua Blue Sport), Preben Van Hecke (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) und Marco Tizza (Nippo-Vini Fantini)
Die Gruppe harmonierte sehr gut und im Feld waren die großen Teams, vor allem BORA und Movistar, gezwungen, ihre Helfer für die Verfolgungsarbeit einzusetzen, besonders Cesare Bendetti (BORAhansgrohe) war über Kilometer an der Spitze des Feldes zu sehen.
Die Tempoarbeit, bei der sich nun auch Team Sky und Quickstep beteiligten, zeigte Erfolg und 50 Kilometer vor dem Ziel war der Vorsprung auf etwa 3 Minuten gesunken, allerdings forderte die winklige und sehr bergige Strecke in der Provinz Limburg auch viele Opfer im Feld, das immer kleiner wurde und ein Helfer nach dem anderen abreißen lassen musste.
Am schweren und steilen Eyserbosweg ca. 35km vor dem Ziel zerfiel nun auch die Spitzengruppe, Bram Tankink, Tizza und Smit fielen zurück.
Bram Tankink (Lotto NL-Jumbo) hatte am morgen bei der Teampräsentation bestätigt, dass es sein letztes Amstel Gold Rennen sein wird.
Im kleinen Feld der Favoriten erfolgte nun Attacke auf Attacke, der steile Keutenberg und die Hochebene mit Gegenwind danach machten dies möglich.
Kreuziger und Gasparotto nutzen dies und konnten zu den verbleibenden Spitzenfahreren aufschließen.
Das Tempo im Finale war extrem hoch und bei der letzten Passage des Cauberges hatten die Favoriten nur 18 Sekunden Rückstand, den Greg vanAvermaet mit einer Attacke zu überbrücken versuchte, aber die anderen Spitzenfahrer reagierten sofort.
Die Vorentscheidung fiel am Geulhemmerberg, als Alejandro Valverde am großen Kettenblatt attackierte und nur Sagan, Valgren, Fuglsang, Alaphilippe und Wellens folgen konnten.
Schnell schloßen sie zur Spitze auf und Astana war nun mit 2 Fahrern in der Spitze vertreten, Valgren und Fuglsang, beide Dänen. Und sie harmonierten perfekt, Fuglsang zwang durch Attacken die Favoriten zur Verfolgung und dann kam es wie es kommen musste, Valgren griff nach Einholung Fuglsangs an, beim ersten Mal wurde er von Sagan und Wellens wieder gestellt, doch der zweite Angriff saß. Nur Kreuziger und Gasparotto, die beide das Rennen schon gewinnen konnten, folgten mit großer Mühe, während die Favoriten sich neutralisierten.
Im Zielsprint war Valgren klar der Stärkste und er gewann vor Kreuziger und Gasparotto.
Weltmeister Peter Sagan (BORAhansgrohe) gewann den Sprint der Verfolger um Platz 4 vor Valverde.
Lawson Craddock war von Anfang an in der Spitzengruppe und wurde noch starker 9er und auch Tsabu Gmay (TREK) kam als Mitglied der frühen Spitzengruppe als 21er ins Ziel.
1 Michael Valgren (Den) Astana Pro Team 6:40:07
2 Roman Kreuziger (Cze) Mitchelton-Scott
3 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Bahrain-Merida 0:00:02
4 Peter Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe 0:00:19
5 Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team
6 Tim Wellens (Bel) Lotto Soudal
7 Julian Alaphilippe (Fra) Quick-Step Floors
8 Jakob Fuglsang (Den) Astana Pro Team 0:00:23
9 Lawson Craddock (USA) EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale
Text/Fotos Gerhard Plomitzer
www.plomi.smugmug.com

3 Favoriten: Kwiato, Valverde und WM Sagan:

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