On Sunday 10 April the strongest teams in the world will compete on the Dutch roads to win the 56th edition of the Amstel Gold Race. The first of the three “Classics of the Ardennes” promises to give a spectacle despite the forfeit risk of Wout Van Aert and is a delicious appetizer in view of the Paris-Roubaix.
250 kilometers on the program with departure from Maastricht and arrival in Valkenburg. The route does not offer a moment of respite and the altitude difficulties will become evident from the initial stages, not to mention that there are 33 walls to be faced during the day.
Compared to the Tour of Flanders, where the climbs were concentrated in the second half of the race, at the Amstel Gold Race the tears are well distributed along the track. In the first 100 km, athletes with escape ambitions will find fertile ground, with 10 ascents on the route.
The queen of the review is the legendary Cauberg, to be climbed three times (the last of which at least 17 from the finish). The final stretch proposes two further ascents after the Cauberg, albeit less demanding. Brow on the Bemelerberg placed at less than 6 km from the finish line banner, after which it will be all flat.