The Amstel Gold Race is on this Sunday. The 51st edition features 34 climbs across 264km in the Dutch Limburg region, starting from Maastricht to the final Cauberg climb.

The Amstel Gold Race will be live streamed Sunday 17 April here on Cycling Central from 10:30pm AEST and broadcast on SBS. 

 

Saturday 16 Apr 2016

It's hard to go past last year's winner Michal Kwiatkowski especially with this strong line up. 

 

Simon Gerrans and Michael Matthews will race together for the first time since the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, when they co-lead Orica-GreenEdge at the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday.
Matthews publicly expressed his dissatisfaction with his worlds road silver against Peter Sagan, stating Australia should not have had two leaders - he and Gerrans (who finished sixth). The pair said they resolved the issue immediately at a...

Tom-Jelte Slagter

“For me personally the climbs are perfect and I like the type of roads we race on. I really enjoy it.”

Debutant Toms Skujins

“I'll be up against big boys. I've prepared the best I can and these races are the ones I aspire to do, the special one-days that everyone knows about and everyone watches. On the start line everyone is in the same situation. You get one chance, one shot at glory and you better make the best out of it — that's the beauty of one days. They are aggressive, unpredictable and much less scripted then stage racing. It's what I live for.”

Charly Wegelius, Director

“It’s almost like a season shift within the season."

Line up: Alberto Bettiol, Nathan Brown, Simon Clarke, Alex Howes, Benjamin King, Kristijan Koren, Toms Skujins, and Tom-Jelte Slagter

Tim Wellens

“I prepared myself differently for the coming races compared to previous years. Last year I was already in top condition in the Tour of the Basque Country, therefore I was unable to obtain nice results in the Ardennes Classics. Now I’ve chosen to pick a stage and to test the legs once or twice. The first goal of the season was to perform well in Paris-Nice, eventually I won the final stage which was very nice. I think I’m ready for the Ardennes Classics.”

Tony Gallopin:

“Last year I finished sixth in a sprint with about fifteen riders. since Paris-Nice I was able to build up my condition with the coming races in mind. I felt really good in the Tour of the Basque Country, and dropped Michael Matthews at Brabantse Pijl. 

"I’m capable of fighting for the victory in two different ways. I can wait for a sprint or I can take the initiative and attack. Everything will depend on the race situation, which teams will pull at the front of the peloton, how good the legs are and so on.”

Line-up Lotto Soudal: Tiesj Benoot, Tony Gallopin, Pim Ligthart, Jürgen Roelandts, Marcel Sieberg, Tosh Van der Sande, Jelle Vanendert and Tim Wellens.

Giant-Alpecin will ride for Warren Barguil, Simon Geschke, and Tom Dumoulin. They will aim for positioning on key climbs and a top ten result. 

Tom Dumoulin: 

"I am really motivated to compete in my home race. I've had a good training period and I'm satisfied with my current level, as last Wednesday I felt good during the Brabantse Pijl finale.

"I expect tactically a closed race for Sunday, which has been the case in recent years. Only a select group of riders will compete for the win and normally I am not among them, I have to be realistic. I always go into a race with good expectations and a lot of ambition, and I am looking forward to Sunday."

Warren Barguil:

"I am coming to Amstel Gold Race off the back of a hard week of racing in Pais Vasco. Although at the end of the week the fatigue starting to kick in but it was a good preparation to get me ready for the Ardennes campaign.

"I prefer races like these and I am very motivated to do well. I am anticipating the race to be decided at the Cauberg and I'll do what I can to be there. A top 10 result is realistic."

Simon Geschke:

"I am feeling good and hope that I can be in a good position to contest the finish on Sunday."

Tinkoff will start Amstel Gold with a strong team and leader Roman Kreuziger. Kreuziger rode well in support of

Contador's win at the recent Pais Vasco. The team will also have two other protected riders in Robert Kiserlovski and Michael Valgren.

Roman Kreuziger - 2013 winner

“It is one of the craziest classic races. It's never calm. You need to get experience on that race, you need to ride year after year to learn how you can reach the finish with as much energy as possible.

"When I won in 2013 it was amazing to have Karsten Kroon in the team, a rider that lives in the area and knows exactly the time to make each move." 

“I have the parcours engraved on my mind. 

 

 

Wednesday 13 Apr 2016
Team LottoNL-Jumbo starts the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday, April 17th, with Robert Gesink, Sep Vanmarcke, Wilco Kelderman and Paul Martens as its main guns. The Dutch team aims to deliver in its home country.
“We don’t have the top favourite in our team, but we have a strong group of riders who are very motivated for this race,” Sports Director Merijn Zeeman said the week before the Dutch classic.“Robert Gesink, Sep Vanmarcke, Wilco Kelderman and Paul...