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Race organiser encourages Amstel Gold Race attackers

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Philippe Gilbert wins his second Amstel Gold Race in 2011

Philippe Gilbert wins his second Amstel Gold Race in 2011
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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The raw emotion is apparent on Alexander Vinokourov's face as he wins the 2003 Amstel Gold Race

The raw emotion is apparent on Alexander Vinokourov's face as he wins the 2003 Amstel Gold Race
(Image credit: Fotoreporter Sirotti)

For the first time since 2003 Amstel Gold Race has changed its finale. Back then the finish of the Dutch spring classic was moved from the Maas river banks in Maastricht to the top of the Cauberg in Valkenburg. This year’s change is not quite as dramatic as the 2003 switch. It can’t be compared to what happened with the Ronde van Vlaanderen either which left out some of its crucial climbs. Due to the modification, the Cauberg remains important as the final climb but the precluding climbs are now closer to the Cauberg.