Latest News from the Race
Fuglsang confident of form heading towards Ardennes ClassicsAstana leader ‘getting last preparation’ at Itzulia Basque Country
Amstel Gold Race past winnersAmstel Gold Race winners 1966-2019
Wout van Aert replaces Paris-Roubaix with Brabantse Pijl and Amstel GoldBelgian hungry for top result at Tour of Flanders, saying last year 'it was the dessert, now it’s the main course'
- Amstel Gold Race home
- Amstel Gold Race past winners
- Amstel Gold Race map and profile
- Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2021
- Amstel Gold Race facts and figures
- The Spring Classics: The definitive guide
Amstel Gold Race date: April 18, 2021
Distance: 218.6 km
Start: Valkenburg, Netherlands - 12:05 p.m. CET
Finish: Berg en Terblijt, Netherlands - 5:30 p.m. CET
Cyclingnews live coverage: coming soon!
Live streaming: Eurosport, GCN+ (Europe), Flobikes (North America), SBS (Australia), Sporza, NOS
The 55th edition of Amstel Gold Race did not take place in 2020 after first being postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and then cancelled amid a second wave in the fall.
The 2021 edition was still in doubt as late as early March as the coronavirus restrictions continued to bring public gatherings to a stop in the Netherlands.
However, with the agreement of the regional mayors, the Amstel Gold Race organisers managed to gain approval for a modified race taking place on a 17km circuit around Valkenburg, and Maastricht.
Upon publication of the race technical guide, however, the circuit has been reduced to 14.9km with the men racing 13 laps. Each circuit includes the Geulhemmerberg, Bemelerberg and Cauberg, with the last ascent for the men, the Bemelerberg, coming 6km from the line.
The circuit is much different from the usual worm writhings of the annual route that snakes around the Limburg region and is peppered with up to 30 climbs. But it's better than no race and has attracted some riders like Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) who would otherwise of started their post-Paris-Roubaix break were it not for the cancellation of the cobbled Classic.
In 2019, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) won his home Classic in his debut appearance, staging a remarkable comeback in the closing kilometres to chase down a minute gap almost single-handedly in the final 10 kilometres.
Amstel Gold Race history
The Dutch one-day race, held in the south of the country, normally marks the beginning of Ardennes week, a trio of races that make up the main challenges of April's hilly classics season.
It's the youngest of the Spring Classics, having started in 1966.
The race is primarily known for the Cauberg hill, one of over 30 named ascents on the route, which hosted the finish from 2003 to 2016 and has also hosted five Road World Championships.
Since 2017, the race has enjoyed a 'flatter' finish, with the Bemelerberg being the final climb, 7km from the finish.
Amstel Gold Race winners
The man with the most wins at the Amstel Gold Race is home hero Jan Raas, who dominated in the 1970s and early 1980s, winning four in a row between 1977 and 1980 and another in 1982.
Raas remains the rider with the most Amstel Gold Race victories but Philippe Gilbert isn't far behind with four.
Amstel Gold Race 2021 Teams
- AG2R Citroën Team
- Astana-Premier Tech
- Bahrain Victorious
- EF Education-Nippo
- Ineos Grenadiers
- Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux
- Israel Start-up Nation
- Lotto Soudal
- Movistar Team
- Team BikeExchange
- Team DSM
- Team Qhubeka Assos
- UAE Team Emirates
- Bingoal WB
- Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise
- Team Arkea-Samsic
- Uno-X Pro Cycling Team
Amstel Gold Race 2021
Top News on the Race
Amstel Gold races cancelled due to Dutch coronavirus restrictionsRaces stopped along with BinckBank Tour stages as COVID-19 cases surge in the Netherlands
Dutch BinckBank Tour stages cancelled due to coronavirus surgeWednesday's individual time trial off and Amstel Gold Race in doubt after new government measures
Dumoulin: Worlds time trial isn't my dream course but with good legs I can do a lotDutchman to ride Amstel Gold Race and Vuelta a España to complete 2020
Amstel Gold Race still in doubt as Dutch authorities announce staged reopeningsMass events may be delayed until a vaccine is available, says Health Minister
Amstel Gold Race organiser hopes for October date on revised calendar'I dare say we are going to be part of it' says race director Leo van Vliet
2018 Amstel Gold Race highlights - VideoValgren comes out on top in three-up sprint during run of form through the Classics
Virtual Amstel Gold Race confirmed for Sunday26km online ride will take place on BKool platform
Amstel Gold Race and Scheldeprijs fall victim to coronavirusAll Belgian races through April 30 cancelled
Mathieu van der Poel's Alpecin-Fenix team confirmed for 2020 Amstel Gold RaceOrganisers announce six wildcard teams
Thank you for signing up to Cycling News. You will receive a verification email shortly.
There was a problem. Please refresh the page and try again.
The Spring Classics: The definitive guideFrom Omloop to Liège via San Remo and Roubaix, an in-depth look at the biggest men's races of spring
Teasing out the facts and figures from Amstel Gold RaceStatistics and stories from the premier race in the Netherlands
10 riders to watch at the 2019 Ardennes ClassicsRecent Roubaix winner and 2011 'Ardennes treble' champion Gilbert in action again
Ardennes Classics 2019: The complete guideFrom Amstel Gold Race to Liege-Bastogne-Liege