Julian Alaphilippe: New Amstel Gold Race course is like World Championships

OUDENAARDE, BELGIUM - APRIL 04: Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck - Quick-Step & Wout Van Aert of Belgium and Team Jumbo - Visma during the 105th Ronde van Vlaanderen - Tour of Flanders 2021, Men's Elite a 251,5km race from Antwerp to Oudenaarde / Attack / Breakaway / #RVV21 / #rondevanvlaanderen / #tourofflanders / on April 04, 2021 in Oudenaarde, Belgium. (Photo by Nico Vereecken - Pool/Getty Images)
Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep) on the attack at the Tour of Flanders earlier this month (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Ahead of his return to Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, world champion Julian Alaphilippe has compared the new, circuit-based parcours to the World Championships, noting how challenging and nervous he expects Sunday's race to be.

The race – the biggest of the Dutch cycling calendar – hasn't been held since 2019, when Alaphilippe missed out on a possible victory in devastating fashion after Mathieu van der Poel's iconic late charge.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix