Amstel Gold Race
The Amstel Gold Race is a road bicycle race held annually since 1966 near Maastricht in the Netherlands. The classic one-day race, which is named after the Dutch beer brand Amstel, was until 2004 part of the comprehensive ten race bike World Cup. After its abolition since 2005 it belonged to the newly introduced UCI ProTour, a series of the most important bike race of the year. Since 2011, the race is part of the follow-up series UCI World Tour.
The 250 km long Dutch classics was considered rather than race for sprinters because of its rather simple topography long time. In recent years, however, more and more new mounds were built in the course of the race. The crucial point is mainly the change of finishing has proved: Since 2003, the Amstel Gold Race, which does not end in Maastricht, but on the Cauberg in Valkenburg, a relatively short but steep climb that already four times the scene of the road bike World Cup had.
For several years, the Amstel Gold Race is carried out as Every man race the day before the pro race. The previous " tourist " version of the Amstel Gold Race, the bike ride " Limburg Mooiste " but is still carried out.
Until the early 1990s, the Amstel Gold Race was largely dominated by the Belgians and the Dutch. Since the race part of cycling World Cup and the UCI ProTour is the trophy case has far more international. Record winner of the Amstel Gold Race is the Dutchman Jan Raas, who won the classic 1977-1982 five times. German winners were Olaf Ludwig 1992, Erik Zabel 2000 and Stefan Schumacher in 2007.
List of winners
The increases in the Amstel Gold Race are usually only short, but steep. Currently, the driver must Heuvel 32 ( German: hill ) complete, as the climbs in Limburg are called, with a total length of 46.7 km and a vertical gain of 2318 m. Six climbs be driven twice, only the destination Cauberg is three times traveled ( numbers in parentheses).
Amstel Gold Race 2006
List of winners women
For women, the race has been performed only three times from 2001 to 2003. 2003 was the " Amstel Gold Race " part of the cycling World Cup.
- 2002: Netherlands Leontien Zijlaard -van Moorsel
- 2001: Netherlands Debbie Mansveld