Brabantse Pijl winner Petr Vakoc back for Amstel Gold Race
First held in 1966, Amstel Gold Race is the only one-day World Tour race held in the Netherlands and this Sunday it will reach its 51st edition. Tomorrow 25 teams and 200 riders will line-up with the hope of managing the narrow roads and difficult climbs before the race explodes on the final ascent on the Cauberg. This hill has made its mark in the history of the sport thanks to this race, but also as a result of the key role played at the World Championships and in Grand Tours since 1938.
Amstel Gold Race will start in Maastricht and after 248.7 KM will finish in Valkenburg. The race will feature no less than 34 climbs which make up for more than 4000 meters of climbing. Cauberg (800 meters, 12% average gradient) will be tackled one last time inside the last 3 KM before the 1800 meters plateau which will make for a frantic finale.
Etixx-Quick-Step is one of the big teams looking for a win this Sunday. They are coming off a second place in Paris-Roubaix through Tom Boonen and a win in Brabantse Pijl earned by Petr Vakoc. Their team will feature the young Czech rider as well as last year`s Ardennes revelation Julian Alaphillipe.
Three-time ITT World Champion Tony Martin will continue his Classics campaign in the Netherlands, with Bob Jungels, Gianni Meersman, Pieter Serry, Matteo Trentin and Julien Vermote also joining the team for the 51st edition of Amstel Gold Race.
Etixx is one of the teams to watch because they have riders suited for various end-race scenarios and of course it does not hurt to have the powerhouse that is Tony Martin riding for your team.