Amstel Gold Race 2021 – Preview

Mathieu van der Poel wins the 2019 Amstel Gold Race
(Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The usual labyrinthine route across Limburg hill country has been replaced by repeated laps of a circuit in the hinterland of Valkenburg but Amstel Gold Race returns to the spring Classics calendar in 2021 with many of its salient features still intact.

COVID-19 restrictions mean that there will be no wall of noise to greet the riders as they make their way up the Cauberg on Sunday with crowds banned from watching the race, but by day’s end, the riders will still have tackled a course that, statistically at least, largely meets the Dutch Classic’s required specifications: 219km, 38 hills, over 3,000 metres of climbing and more bends in the road than anyone could care to count.

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Barry Ryan
Head of Features

Barry Ryan is Head of Features at Cyclingnews. He has covered professional cycling since 2010, reporting from the Tour de France, Giro d’Italia and events from Argentina to Japan. His writing has appeared in The Independent, Procycling and Cycling Plus. He is the author of The Ascent: Sean Kelly, Stephen Roche and the Rise of Irish Cycling’s Golden Generation, published by Gill Books.

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