Amstel Gold Race

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Amstel Gold Race
Amstel Gold Race logo.svg
Race details
Date Mid to late April
Region Limburg, the Netherlands
English name Amstel Gold Race
Discipline Road
Competition UCI World Tour
Type One-day race
Organiser Amstel Gold Race Foundation
Race director Leo van Vliet
History
First edition 1966 (1966)
Editions 51 (as of 2016)
First winner  Jean Stablinski (FRA)
Most wins  Jan Raas (NED) (5 times)
Most recent  Enrico Gasparotto (ITA)

The Amstel Gold Race is an annual road bicycle race in the province of Limburg, the Netherlands. It traditionally marks the turning point of the spring classics, with the climbers and stage racers replacing the cobbled classics riders as the favourites.[1]

Since 1989 the event has been included in season-long competitions at the highest level of UCI, as part of the UCI Road World Cup (1989–2004), the UCI ProTour (2005–2010), UCI World Ranking (2009–2010) and since 2011 of the UCI World Tour. It is the only one-day World Tour race staged in the Netherlands and is considered the most important Dutch road cycling event.[1] Dutchman Jan Raas holds the winning record with five victories.

Dutch beer brewer Amstel has served as the race's title sponsor since its creation in 1966. The name does not directly refer to the river Amstel, which runs through the city of Amsterdam.

In 2017 a Women's Amstel Gold Race will be held for the first time since 2003. The event is held on the same day and on largely the same roads as the men's race and will be included in the 2017 UCI Women's World Tour.[2][3]

History[edit]

The first race[edit]

The Amstel Gold Race was created by Dutch sports promoters Ton Vissers and Herman Krott, who ran a company called Inter Sport.[N 1][N 2] Their dream was to create a Dutch classic cycle race able to compete with the monument races of Flanders and Italy.[4] The first edition was announced to be held on 30 April 1966, the Netherlands' National Holiday. The plan was to start in Amsterdam, before branching out to the east of the country and finishing in Maastricht, in the southeast of the country, totaling 280 km.[N 3]

However, many problems emerged.[4] Krott and Vissers had neglected the many rivers along the route and miscalculated the zigzags needed to cross them, making the intended distance far longer than 280 km. New plans were made to start in Utrecht, then Rotterdam; and to stage an alternative finish in the small village of Meerssen in Limburg. Moreover, less than three weeks before the start, organizers realized they had not obtained permission to cross the Moerdijk Bridge, the only southern way out of Rotterdam. The route had to be redrawn again and the start was moved further south, to Breda. On top of all that, militant hippies of Provo had declared the Netherlands a state of anarchy in 1966.[N 4] Authorities feared that a race organized on the royal family's celebration day would cause possible uprisings.

Four days before the anticipated date, Vissers and Krott called off their race and were staging a press conference, when the Dutch roads ministry in The Hague called to say that the race could be organized after all — provided it would never again be scheduled on Queen's Day.[4]

On Saturday 30 April 1966, the first Amstel Gold Race was raced from Breda to Meerssen, without serious incidents.[4] Three riders of the Ford-France team sprinted for victory. Dutchman Jan Hugens suffered a mechanical failure in the final meters and was beaten by Frenchman Jean Stablinski who won the inaugural edition.[4] At 302 km, it was the longest edition ever. There were 120 starters, of which only 30 finished. Despite its original intent, the Amstel Gold Race has never started in Amsterdam; nor in Rotterdam or Utrecht, three of Holland's largest cities.[N 5]

Search for identity[edit]

In 1967 the start location moved to Helmond, in front of sponsor Amstel's headquarters, and the distance was scaled back to 213 km. Arie den Hartog won the second edition, becoming the first Dutch winner. In 1968 the race was held on 21 September because of a calendar conflict; the only time the Amstel Gold Race was ever run in autumn. Dutchman Harrie Steevens won the race over a distance of 254 km.

In 1969 the race returned to April on the calendar. Guido Reybrouck won the fourth edition, the first in a series of Belgian wins. The race was affected by severe snow and hailstorm, forcing many riders to abandon due to hypothermia.[4]

A young race, the Amstel Gold Race struggled to find its place on the international calendar between the much older cobbled classics and the Ardennes classics and had problems attracting the best riders. For several years, cycling greatness Eddy Merckx did not participate because organizers could not pay his starting fee. In 1973 race director Herman Krott agreed to pay a considerable sum to Merckx' team, provided that he would win the race. Merckx started and won the Amstel Gold Race more than three minutes ahead of the second-place finisher.[4] Two years later, he was the first rider to win a second time.

In the late 1970s Dutchman Jan Raas won the Amstel Gold Race a record five times, of which four consecutive. Raas was able to rely on his strong sprint finish, but also won two solo victories. Dutch media started coining the phrase Amstel Gold Raas. In 1983 Australian Phil Anderson became the first non-European winner.[5]

Michael Boogerd was a regular podium finisher.

Move to Maastricht[edit]

In 1991 the finish of the Amstel Gold Race moved to Maastricht, Limburg's capital city, and since 1998 it also started there. The character of the race was more and more defined by the hill zone in the south of the province. Only two Dutch riders, Michael Boogerd and Erik Dekker, have won the race in the last two decades. Both Boogerd and Dekker beat American Lance Armstrong in a two-man sprint in Maastricht, in 1999 and 2001 respectively.[6][7][8] The 2001 race only had 37 finishers of a 190-strong pack, the fewest number in modern times.[9] Boogerd shares the record of seven podium finishes with Jan Raas, having achieved one victory, four second places, two third places and several other top-ten finishes.

Cauberg finish[edit]

In 2003 the finish moved to the top of the Cauberg climb in Valkenburg. Kazakh rider Alexander Vinokourov won the first uphill-finish edition with an attack before the Cauberg.[10] In 2013 the finish was moved 1,8 km away from the top of the Cauberg, near the centre of Valkenburg, resulting in a mainly flat finishing straight.[11] The most successful rider in recent years has been classics specialist Philippe Gilbert. The Belgian won the race three times since 2010, basing his victories on late bursts of speed and power on the Cauberg.[12] In 2015 Polish rider Michał Kwiatkowski became the first ruling world champion to win the race since Bernard Hinault in 1981.[13][14][15]

Steffen Wesemann on his way up Eyserbosweg in 2006.

Route[edit]

Although the Netherlands are known for their flat, wind-affected roads, the Amstel Gold Race takes place in the hilly southern region of Limburg. The route twists through the rolling Limburg countryside, often turning abruptly to climb as many hills (bergs) as possible.[1] The most notable climb is the Cauberg, which is covered four times, the last time at the very end of the race finale.[16] The total distance is 250 km. Team tactics and race knowledge often play a vital part in deciding the winner of the race.

Present Course[edit]

Beginning in Maastricht, the route heads immediately north towards the first ascents of the day, the Slingerberg and Adsteeg, which the riders must tackle after less than 15 kilometres of racing.[17] Once over the Adsteeg, the race begins its move south, with a brief diversion west to take in the Sibbergrubbe before entering a series of irregular circuits.

Route of the 2012 edition

The first ascent of the Cauberg marks the transition into the circuits and comes just 54 km into the day's race.[17] From there, the race makes its first passage over the finish line before taking on the Geulhemmerberg and heading south. The climbs come thick and fast as the race nears its halfway point at the Drielandenpunt with Germany and Belgium.

As the riders make their way back north to complete the circuit, Gulpenerberg is addressed a first time, a 600 m ascent that peaks at 13%. The race winds its way up and down five more bergs before it goes once more up the Cauberg, the 22nd climb of the day. The second of the circuits is shorter, featuring nine climbs over less than 60 kilometres. It includes repeat ascents of Geulhemmerberg, Loorberg, Gulpenerberg and Cauberg, while the Kruisberg makes its only appearance. The Kruisberg, the 27th of the day, averages 8.3% over 710 m and tops out at 12.7%.[17]

As the riders hit the Cauberg a third and penultimate time, 18.5 km remain, with three climbs, including Eyserbosweg. The final ascent of the Cauberg, with its top at 1,8 km from the finish, is usually decisive. The final run-in to the line is predominantly flat with a slight rise in the last few hundred metres.

Course changes[edit]

Start and finish locations
Years Start Finish
1966 Breda Meerssen
1967 Helmond Meerssen
1968 Helmond Elsloo
1969-1970 Helmond Meerssen
1971-1990 Heerlen Meerssen
1991-1997 Heerlen Maastricht
1998-2002 Maastricht Maastricht
2003– Maastricht Valkenburg

Although the race is younger than many other cycling classics, the course changed considerably over the years. The race's inaugural edition started in Breda in North Brabant, but quickly moved closer to the hilly region. From 1971 to 1997 the start was in Heerlen. Since 1998 the race starts on the central market square in Maastricht's Inner City.

Since 2005 the race is run entirely within the boundaries of Limburg. Past editions had covered significant parts of Liège in Belgium, addressing the Côte de Hallembaye, meant to cause a bigger selection.

From 1991 until 2002 the race ended in Maastricht as well. The finish was on the Maasboulevard, keeping the flat run-in to the finish. In 2000 sprint specialist Erik Zabel won the race, leading out the sprint of a 20-strong group.

From 2003 to 2012 the finish was at the top of the Cauberg climb, in the Valkenburg municipality, close to Maastricht. The finale was redesigned in 2013 and the finish was moved west, to the hamlet of Berg en Terblijt, 1,8 kilometers from the top of the Cauberg. The altered finish mirrors the location that was used for the 2012 UCI Road World Championships in Valkenburg.[18]

Race characteristics[edit]

Ardennes Week[edit]

Main article: Ardennes classics

Although the race location in Limburg is not part of the Ardennes, neither geographically nor geologically, it is often considered the opening race of the Ardennes Week.[17] In 2004 the Amstel Gold Race has swapped places with Liège–Bastogne–Liège on the international calendar.[19] Ever since, the race is held on the Sunday after the cobbled classic Paris–Roubaix and before the Ardennes classic Flèche Wallonne the next Wednesday.

View on Oud-Lemiers, near Vaals, in the southeast of Limburg.

Until 2002, the Amstel Gold Race had a flat run-in to the finish and was often won by riders excelling in the cobbled classics, notably the Tour of Flanders. In recent decades, organizers chose to shift the focus of the race to the hills and the character of the race changed. The peloton is usually made up of the same riders starting in the Ardennes races; classics riders with sufficient climbing abilities and even Grand Tour specialists.

The Dutch hills, in the very south of Limburg, are the Netherlands' only hilly region. The chalk-loess relief was formed by the foothills of the neighbouring Ardennes and Eifel low mountain ranges. The hills define the character of the race: they are shorter and not as high as in the Ardennes, but come in much higher frequency than in Liège–Bastogne–Liège. The highest point of the region and the race is Vaalserberg at 322,7 m above sea level; the top of the Cauberg is at 133,7 m altitude.

Hills[edit]

Philippe Gilbert riding up the Cauberg in the finale of the 2012 UCI Road World Championships.

The present course features more than 30 short climbs which come in greater succession as the race progresses, meaning riders have little time to recover in between the hills. 25 climbs are covered in the last 165 kilometers of the race, with eight coming in the final 45 kilometers. The steepest are the Cauberg, Keutenberg and Eyserbosweg. Some ascents are as steep as 22% (Keutenberg), others are more gently sloped. In contrast to the cobbled bergs in the Tour of Flanders, all the hills in Limburg are aspahlted nowadays.[20]

Attempting to explain the difficulty of the course Peter Easton recounts a mathematician's calculations:

...applying logic to overcome a sense of incomprehension is the key to understanding this race. And there is truth in numbers. Six of the climbs come in the first 92 kilometers — one every 15.2 kilometers. The remaining 25 come over the final 165 kilometers. That’s one every 6.6 kilometers. Breaking it down further, the final hour of racing has eight climbs in 42 kilometers. Now we’re down to one every 5.25 km. At 40 km/h, that’s one every 7 ½ minutes. Not overly funny, and definitely all business.[21]

The hills in the 2015 Amstel Gold Race:[22]

Number Name Kilometer Location Length (in m) Average climb (%)
1 Slingerberg 9 Geulle 1200 5,4
2 Adsteeg 14 Beek 500 5,4
3 Lange Raarberg 22 Meerssen 1300 4,5
4 Bergseweg 38 Voerendaal 2700 3,3
5 Sibbergrubbe 50 Valkenburg 2100 4,1
6 Cauberg 54 Valkenburg 1200 5,8
7 Geulhemmerweg 59 Valkenburg 1000 6,2
8 Wolfsberg 78 Noorbeek 800 4,4
9 Loorberg 81 Slenaken 1500 5,5
10 Schweibergerweg 93 Gulpen 2900 3,9
11 Camerig 99 Vijlen 4300 3,8
12 Drielandenpunt 110 Vaals 3700 3,7
13 Gemmenich 114 Blieberg 900 6,4
14 Vijlenerbos 118 Vaals 1800 5,1
15 Eperheide 127 Epen 2300 4,1
16 Gulperberg 135 Gulpen 700 8,1
17 Plettenbergweg 142 Eys 1000 4,2
Number Name Kilometer Location Length (in m) Average climb (%)
18 Eyserweg 144 Eys 2200 4,3
19 Huls 148 Simpelveld 1000 7,7
20 Vrakelberg 154 Voerendaal 700 7,9
21 Sibbergrubbe 161 Valkenburg 2100 4,1
22 Cauberg 166 Valkenburg 1200 5,8
23 Geulhemmerweg 170 Valkenburg 1000 6,2
24 Bemelerberg 183 Bemelen 900 5,0
25 Loorberg 198 Slenaken 1500 5,5
26 Gulperberg 208 Gulpen 700 8,1
27 Kruisberg 217 Wahlwiller 800 7,5
28 Eyserbosweg 219 Eys 1100 8,1
29 Fromberg 222 Fromberg 1600 4,0
30 Keutenberg 227 Keutenberg 700 9,4
31 Cauberg 237 Valkenburg 1200 5,8
32 Geulhemmerweg 242 Valkenburg 1000 6,2
33 Bemelerberg 250 Bemelen 900 5,0
34 Cauberg 255 Valkenburg 1200 5,8

Nervous course[edit]

The race is the Netherlands' largest professional race but is frequently criticized for the danger of its course.[23] The route runs on narrow roads, through often densely-populated suburbs and villages. Due to its high population density and the pressure on land so great, many Dutch houses do not have garages and cars are left parked in the street. Much of the course is urban, with lots of traffic-calming devices such as speed bumps, pinches, bollards, ramps, chicanes, refuge islands and roundabouts, prompting Scotland’s Robert Millar to call it the Tour of the Roundabouts [24] Crashes are common in the race.[25][26][27]

Winners[edit]

Eddy Merckx, in the rainbow jersey, on the podium after winning the 1975 Amstel Gold Race.
Record winner Jan Raas (pictured after winning the world title in 1979 in Valkenburg) won the Amstel Gold Race five times.
Rider Team
1966 France Stablinski, JeanJean Stablinski (FRA) Ford-Hutchinson
1967 Netherlands Hartog, Arie denArie den Hartog (NED) Bic-Hutchinson
1968 Netherlands Steevens, HarryHarry Steevens (NED) Willem II-Gazelle
1969 Belgium Reybrouck, GuidoGuido Reybrouck (BEL) Faema
1970 Belgium Pintens, GeorgesGeorges Pintens (BEL) Dr. Mann-Grundig
1971 Belgium Frans Verbeeck (BEL) Watney-Avia
1972 Belgium Planckaert, WalterWalter Planckaert (BEL) Watney-Avia
1973 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1974 Netherlands Knetemann, GerrieGerrie Knetemann (NED) Gan-Mercier-Hutchinson
1975 Belgium Merckx, EddyEddy Merckx (BEL) Molteni
1976 Belgium Maertens, FreddyFreddy Maertens (BEL) Flandria-Velda
1977 Netherlands Raas, JanJan Raas (NED) Frisol-Gazelle-Thirion
1978 Netherlands Raas, JanJan Raas (NED) TI-Raleigh
1979 Netherlands Raas, JanJan Raas (NED) TI-Raleigh-McGregor
1980 Netherlands Raas, JanJan Raas (NED) TI-Raleigh-Creda
1981 France Hinault, BernardBernard Hinault (FRA) Renault-Elf-Gitane
1982 Netherlands Raas, JanJan Raas (NED) TI-Raleigh-Campagnolo
1983 Australia Anderson, PhilPhil Anderson (AUS) Peugeot-Shell-Michelin
1984 Netherlands Hanegraaf, JacquesJacques Hanegraaf (NED) Kwantum–Decosol–Yoko
1985 Netherlands Knetemann, GerrieGerrie Knetemann (NED) Skil-Sem-Kas-Miko
1986 Netherlands Rooks, StevenSteven Rooks (NED) PDM-Gin MG-Ultima-Concorde
1987 Netherlands Zoetemelk, JoopJoop Zoetemelk (NED) Superconfex–Kwantum–Yoko–Colnago
1988 Netherlands Nijdam, JelleJelle Nijdam (NED) Superconfex-Yoko-Opel-Colnago
1989 Belgium Lancker, Eric vanEric van Lancker (BEL) Panasonic-Isostar-Colnago-Agu
1990 Netherlands Poel, Adri van derAdri van der Poel (NED) Weinmann-SMM Uster-Merckx
1991 Netherlands Maassen, FransFrans Maassen (NED) Buckler–Colnago–Decca
1992 Germany Ludwig, OlafOlaf Ludwig (GER) Panasonic-Sportlife
1993 Switzerland Jarmann, RolfRolf Järmann (SUI) Ariostea
1994 Belgium Museeuw, JohanJohan Museeuw (BEL) GB-MG Maglificio-Bianchi
1995 Switzerland Gianetti, MauroMauro Gianetti (SUI) Polti-Vaporetto
1996 Italy Zanini, StefanoStefano Zanini (ITA) Gewiss Playbus
1997 Denmark Riis, BjarneBjarne Riis (DEN) Team Telekom
1998 Switzerland Jarmann, RolfRolf Järmann (SUI) Casino–Ag2r
1999 Netherlands Boogerd, MichaelMichael Boogerd (NED) Rabobank
2000 Germany Zabel, ErikErik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom
2001 Netherlands Dekker, ErikErik Dekker (NED) Rabobank
2002 Italy Bartoli, MicheleMichele Bartoli (ITA) Fassa Bortolo
2003 Kazakhstan Vinokourov, AlexandreAlexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) Team Telekom
2004 Italy Rebellin, DavideDavide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner
2005 Italy Di Luca, DaniloDanilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas–Bianchi
2006 Luxembourg Schleck, FrankFränk Schleck (LUX) Team CSC
2007 Germany Schumacher, StefanStefan Schumacher (GER) Gerolsteiner
2008 Italy Cunego, DamianoDamiano Cunego (ITA) Lampre
2009 Russia Ivanov, SergueiSerguei Ivanov (RUS) Team Katusha
2010 Belgium Gilbert, PhilippePhilippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto
2011 Belgium Gilbert, PhilippePhilippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto
2012 Italy Gasparotto, EnricoEnrico Gasparotto (ITA) Astana
2013 Czech Republic Kreuziger, RomanRoman Kreuziger (CZE) Saxo–Tinkoff
2014 Belgium Gilbert, PhilippePhilippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team
2015 Poland Kwiatkowski, MichałMichał Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step
2016 Italy Gasparotto, EnricoEnrico Gasparotto (ITA) Wanty–Groupe Gobert

Multiple winners[edit]

Riders in italics are still active.

Wins Rider Editions
5  Jan Raas (NED) 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982
3  Philippe Gilbert (BEL) 2010, 2011, 2014
2  Eddy Merckx (BEL) 1973, 1975
 Gerrie Knetemann (NED) 1974, 1985
 Rolf Järmann (SUI) 1993, 1998
 Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) 2012, 2016

Wins per country[edit]

Wins Country
17  Netherlands
12  Belgium
7  Italy
3  Germany
  Switzerland
2  France
1  Australia
 Czech Republic
 Denmark
 Kazakhstan
 Luxembourg
 Poland
 Russia

Women's Race[edit]

Nicole Cooke won the women's race in her first year as a professional.

From 2001 to 2003, three editions of the Amstel Gold Race for elite women were held. In 2003, it was part of the UCI Women's Road World Cup.[28] The race started in Maastricht 30 minutes after the men's, and was run over 114 km, taking in nine climbs (Maasberg, Adsteeg, Lange Raarberg, Bergseweg, Sibbergrubbe, Cauberg, Bemelerberg, Keutenberg) and similarly finishing on the Cauberg.[29]

The race was discontinued after the third edition, because organization on the same day and on largely the same roads as the men's race was considered too difficult on the highly irregular circuits: in 2003 the men's race almost clashed with the women's.[citation needed] However, the women's race will return in 2017, organized on the same day and on the same start and finish location as the men's race.[3] [30]

Winners[edit]

Wikidata-logo S.svgYear Winner Second Third
2001 NED Debby Mansveld NED Mirjam Melchers NED Leontien van Moorsel
2002 NED Leontien van Moorsel NED Mirjam Melchers AUS Katherine Bates
2003 GBR Nicole Cooke AUS Olivia Gollan LTU Edita Pučinskaitė
2017

Cyclotour Gold Race[edit]

Since 2001 there is a race for cyclotourists, organized annually on the day before the professional event. Cycling fanatics and recreational bike riders can ride trajectories of 60, 100, 125, 150, 200 or 240 km. Every distance finishes on the location of the professional race, immediately after the climb of the Cauberg.[31] The number of participants is restricted to 12,000, in order to secure riders' safety. In 2009 the official website crashed, because of a run on the tickets. In 2010 all 12,000 tickets were sold in just 38 minutes.

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Vissers was a house decorator and field hockey player from Rotterdam whose break in cycling came in 1963 when a friend asked him to manage a minor team in the Tour of the Netherlands. Those who were there say he was as hopeless as his riders. Officials banished him after he did a U-turn and drove back towards the oncoming race after hearing that one of his riders had punctured. Three years later, in 1966, he became manager of the Willem II professional team that at one time included the classics winner, Rik van Looy.
  2. ^ Krott's background in cycling was barely deeper. He ran a car-parts dealership called HeKro and, because he admired the Dutch rider Peter Post, worked as his personal assistant. He had also worked as a salesman for Amstel. Together, Krott and Vissers organized small races across the Netherlands. Krott also used his contacts at Amstel to start an Amstel professional team and then the sponsorship to run an international professional race bigger than the round-the-houses events Inter Sport had been promoting until then.
  3. ^ Prizemoney would be 10,000 guilders — about €5,000 - of which a fifth would go to the winner.
  4. ^ At the other end of the social scale, Dutch were also protesting against the marriage of the queen's daughter, Beatrix, to a German, Claus von Amsberg.
  5. ^ Inter Sport ceased trading in 1970 and Herman Krott directed the race by himself until 1995, when it was taken over by former professional cyclist Leo van Vliet.

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