In all editions since the race was re-invented in 2017 the final haul up the Cauberg proved to be decisive. In 2019, Kasia Niewiadoma jumped clear on the early slopes and managed to hold off Annemiek van Vleuten by 3 metres after a furious chase, while the 2018 edition saw Chantal Blaak, Lucinda Brand and Amanda Spratt attacks from a lead group on the Cauberg before Blaak outsprinted the other two on the line. In 2017, Anna van der Breggen attacked ahead of the Cauberg and soloed to victory.
The 2021 edition starts and finishes in Vilt. The first climb of three is the Geulhemmerberg, 1 kilometre long and with an average gradient of 5%, while the picturesque Bemelerberg is a winding 900 metres climb at 5%. A false flat and an ensuing drop take the riders back to the village of Valkenburg, which lies at the foot of the Cauberg. It is the most revered hill of the Netherlands, which climbs for 800 metres at 6.5%.
Following the last passage over the Cauberg there are 2.6 kilometres to go.
The 2021 Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition starts at 8.30 and the race is expected to finisht around 11.50 – both are local times (CEST).
Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition 2021: route, profiles, more
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