Amstel Gold race 2014Sunday the 20th of April 2014 marks the 49th edition of the Amstel Gold Race. (Route maps)

While Amstel Gold is not one of cycling’s 5 Monuments, it is still a very highly regarded race and is the most prestigious one day in The Netherlands.

The race is played out around the hilly Limburg province in the south of Holland with huge crowds of Dutch and Belgian cycling fans crowding the picturesque town of Valkenburg and all along the famous Cauberg climb that is usually the deciding factor in the race. The Dutch will be hoping for a first home winner since 2001. The Belgians will be looking to Philippe Gilbert to prevent that from happening.

Cyclingstage.com provides updates on all things Amstel Gold.

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Philippe Gildert AGR 2014Philip Gilbert is back! The Belgian dominated the Cauberg as he did in the 2010 and 2011 Amstel Gold, as well as the 2012 World Championships. In this form, who would rule him out of repeating his Ardennes triple of 2011?

Amstel Gold Race2013 marked a route change, with the finish line not at the Cauberg summit as in previous editions, but instead a further 1.8 kilometres down the road. Roman Kreuziger's solo win proved that the change had the desired effect, making for a more tactical race that will award bravery. Organisers are sticking to the formula for 2014.

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Roman KreuzigerA tough day in the saddle awaits those who take to the start line in Maastricht. Last year's edition saw Roman Kreuziger (image) solo to victory in the finale. Who will be his successor? Cyclingstage.com presents the start list.

A seemingly endless parcours of short, steep climbs separated by narrow, winding roads. Throw in thousands of passionate cycling fans from Holland and across the border in Belgium and that's Amstel Gold in a nutshell. The finale climbs out of the gorgeous village of Valkenburg and up the famous Cauberg climb. Cyclingstage takes a look at the likely contenders for the 2014 edition.

Amstel Gold Race Winner Philippe GilbertThe Amstel Gold Race is the biggest classic held in The Netherlands and kicks off a series of 3 classics in the Ardennes region. The race is often won by whoever is fastest up the famous Cauberg climb. Cyclingstage.com presents the recent winners.