It’s vintage Amstel Gold Race. Twists and turns from start to finish, while cycling on narrow country roads. Crashes are common and favourites face a constant battle to be up front in the peloton.
The Amstel Gold Race kicks off in Maastricht to tackle the first hill, Slingerberg, after 9 kilometres. With this the tone is set. The route takes in a number of loops through the hilly Limburg region in the south of the Netherlands, zigzagging from one short and sharp climb to the next. Sibbergrubbe and Loorberg make a double appearance, while Bemelerberg, Cauberg and Geulhemmerberg are included three times.
The steepest ramps in the Amstel Gold Race are clustered in the run-up to the finale. Just after reaching kilometre 200 the Gulperberg, Kruisberg and Eyserbosweg follow in rapid succession. Albeit short, these climbs have double digit ramps. Yes, that is going to hurt. Especially since the Keuterberg comes next with its 22% section. And on they go to the drag up the Cauberg.
Following the last passage over the Cauberg the riders cross the line for the final lap of 21 kilometres. Just after cresting the Geulhemmerberg – 1 kilometre at 5% – the riders take a right-hand turn and race on narrow roads to the foot of the Bemelerberg. The last climb of the day is 900 metres at 4.5%. Shortly, the riders take a left-hander onto the alley-like Franse Steeg (Dutch for French alley) and after moving through Terblijt the route reenters the wide road to arrival place Vilt.
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