Amstel Gold Race

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    Amstel Gold Race
    [​IMG]The Amstel Gold Race signifies the start of the Ardennes Classics trilogy with the twisting country lanes of the southern Limburg region of the Netherlands.

    The course has changed many times over the years. In 2005 the race took place almost entirely within the boundaries of the province of Limburg, but there have also been editions that covered significant parts of Belgium. Since 2003 the finish is at the top of the Cauberg hill, in the Valkenburg municipality. Before 2003 the finish used to be in Maastricht. The race is the Netherlands' largest professional race but is frequently criticised for the danger of its course. The Netherlands is a densely populated country and the race runs through many suburbs and villages. With pressure on land being so great, many Dutch houses do not have garages and cars are left parked in the street. There are also many traffic-calming obstacles such as pinches, chicanes and speed humps, and further obstacles such as roundabouts and traffic islands. Crashes are not uncommon in the race. The course is tough and selective, mainly because of the 31 hills that have to be climbed, some with angles as steep as 20% (Keutenberg). The Amstel can be confusing for first time riders, because the course features a lot of turns, plus some spots are visited more than one time during the race.
    Race Map [​IMG] Recent Winners 2000 Erik Zabel (GER) Team Telekom 2001 Erik Dekker (NED) Rabobank 2002 Michele Bartoli (ITA) Fassa Bortolo 2003 Alexandre Vinokourov (KAZ) Team Telekom 2004 Davide Rebellin (ITA) Gerolsteiner 2005 Danilo Di Luca (ITA) Liquigas-Bianchi 2006 Fränk Schleck (LUX) Team CSC 2007 Stefan Schumacher (GER) Gerolsteiner 2008 Damiano Cunego (ITA) Lampre 2009 Serguei Ivanov (RUS) Team Katusha 2010 Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma-Lotto
     
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    2011 Start List

    Omega Pharma-Lotto
    • 1  Philippe Gilbert (Bel)
    • 2  Jan Bakelants (Bel)
    • 3  Gert Dockx (Bel)
    • 4  Klaas Lodewyck (Bel)
    • 5  Jurgen Van De Walle (Bel)
    • 6  Jurgen Van Den Broeck (Bel)
    • 7  Jelle Vanendert (Bel)
    • 8  Jussi Veikkanen (Fin)

    AG2R La Mondiale
    • 11  Guillaume Bonnafond (Fra)
    • 12  Maxime Bouet (Fra)
    • 13  Mickaël Chérel (Fra)
    • 14  Martin Elmiger (Swi)
    • 15  Biel Kadri (Fra)
    • 16  Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita)
    • 17  Christophe Riblon (Fra)
    • 18  Nicolas Roche (Irl)

    BMC Racing Team
    • 21  Marcus Burghardt (Ger)
    • 23  Mathias Frank (Swi)
    • 24  Martin Kohler (Swi)
    • 25  Jeffry Louder (USA)
    • 26  Manuel Quinziato (Ita)
    • 27  Mauro Santambrogio (Ita)
    • 28  Greg Van Avermaet (Bel)

    Euskaltel-Euskadi
    • 31  Igor Anton Hernandez (Spa)
    • 32  Jonathan Castroviejo Nicolas (Spa)
    • 33  Egoi Martinez De Esteban (Spa)
    • 34  Alan Perez Lezaun (Spa)
    • 35  Samuel Sánchez Gonzalez (Spa)
    • 36  Pablo Urtasun Perez (Spa)
    • 37  Iban Velasco Murillo (Spa)
    • 38  Gorka Verdugo Marcotegui (Spa)

    HTC-Highroad
    • 41  Michael Albasini (Swi)
    • 42  Matthew Brammeier (Irl)
    • 43  John Degenkolb (Ger)
    • 44  Caleb Fairly (USA)
    • 45  Craig Lewis (USA)
    • 46  Danny Pate (USA)
    • 47  Jan Ghyselinck (Bel)
    • 48  Marco Pinotti (Ita)

    Katusha Team
    • 51  Danilo Di Luca (Ita)
    • 52  Serguei Ivanov (Rus)
    • 53  Alexandr Kolobnev (Rus)
    • 54  Alberto Losada Alguacil (Spa)
    • 55  Daniel Moreno Fernandez (Spa)
    • 56  Joaquin Rodriguez (Spa)
    • 57  Yury Trofimov (Rus)
    • 58  Maxime Vantomme (Bel)

    Lampre - ISD
    • 61  Leonardo Bertagnolli (Ita)
    • 62  Damiano Cunego (Ita)
    • 63  Francesco Gavazzi (Ita)
    • 64  David Loosli (Swi)
    • 65  Manuele Mori (Ita)
    • 66  Daniele Pietropolli (Ita)
    • 67  Alessandro Spezialetti (Ita)
    • 68  Diego Ulissi (Ukn)

    Leopard Trek
    • 71  Fabian Cancellara (Swi)
    • 72  Jens Voigt (Ger)
    • 73  Jakob Fuglsang (Den)
    • 74  Anders Lund Den (Den)
    • 75  Maxime Monfort (Bel)
    • 76  Andy Schleck (Lux)
    • 77  Fränk Schleck (Lux)
    • 78  Fabian Wegmann (Ger)

    Liquigas-Cannondale
    • 81  Francesco Bellotti (Ita)
    • 82  Damiano Caruso (Ita)
    • 83  Kristijan Koren (Slo)
    • 84  Paolo Longo Borghini (Ita)
    • 85  Dominique Nerz (Ger)
    • 86  Maciej Paterski (Pol)
    • 87  Simone Ponzi (Ita)
    • 88  Peter Sagan (Svk)


    Movistar Team
    • 91  Andrei Amador Bipkazacova (Crc)
    • 92  Pablo Lastras Garcia (Spa)
    • 93  José Vicente Garcia Acosta (Spa)
    • 94  Jesus Herrada Lopez (Spa)
    • 95  Vasili Kiryienka (Blr)
    • 96  Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu)
    • 97  Jose Joaquin Rojas Gil (Spa)
    • 98  Enrique Sanz (Spa)

    Pro Team Astana
    • 101  Assan Bazayev (Kaz)
    • 102  Allan Davis (Aus)
    • 103  Rémy Di Grégorio (Fra)
    • 104  Dmitriy Fofonov (Kaz)
    • 105  Enrico Gasparotto (Ita)
    • 106  Andriy Grivko (Ukr)
    • 107  Maxim Iglinskiy (Kaz)
    • 108  Alexander Vinokourov (Kaz)

    Quickstep Cycling Team
    • 111  Dario Cataldo (Ita)
    • 112  Sylvain Chavanel (Fra)
    • 113  Marc de Maar (Ned)
    • 114  Dries Devenyns (Bel)
    • 115  Addy Engels (Ned)
    • 117  Jérôme Pineau (Fra)
    • 118  Niki Terpstra (Ned)

    Rabobank Cycling Team
    • 121  Carlos Barredo Llamazales (Spa)
    • 122  Oscar Freire Gomez (Spa)
    • 123  Robert Gesink (Ned)
    • 124  Paul Martens (Ger)
    • 125  Grischa Niermann (Ger)
    • 126  Luis León Sánchez Gil (Spa)
    • 127  Bram Tankink (Ned)
    • 128  Maarten Tjallingii (Ned)

    Saxo Bank Sungard
    • 131  Jonas Aaen Jørgensen (Den)
    • 132  Mads Christensen (Den)
    • 133  Laurent Didier (Lux)
    • 134  Gustav Erik Larsson (Swe)
    • 135  Baden Cooke (Aus)
    • 136  Nick Nuyens (Bel)
    • 137  Nicki Sörensen (Den)
    • 138  Brian Vandborg (Den)

    Sky Procycling
    • 141  Davide Appollonio (Ukn)
    • 142  Kurt-Asle Arvesen (Nor)
    • 143  Steven Cummings (GBr)
    • 144  Kjell Carlström (Fin)
    • 145  Christian Knees (Ger)
    • 146  Simon Gerrans (Aus)
    • 147  Mathew Hayman (Aus)
    • 148  Lars Petter Nordhaug (Nor)

    Garmin - Cervelo
    • 151  Murilo Antonio Fischer (Bra)
    • 152  Ryder Hesjedal (Can)
    • 153  Michel Kreder (Ned)
    • 154  Daniel Lloyd (GBr)
    • 155  David Millar (GBr)
    • 156  Gabriel Rasch (Nor)
    • 157  Johan Van Summeren (Bel)
    • 158  Christian Vande Velde (USA)

    Team RadioShack
    • 161  Philip Deignan (Irl)
    • 162  Ben Hermans (Bel)
    • 163  Matthew Busche (USA)
    • 164  Geoffroy Lequatre (Fra)
    • 165  Sergio Miguel Moreira Paulinho (Por)
    • 166  Grégory Rast (Swi)
    • 167  Sam Bewley (NZl)
    • 168  Haimar Zubeldia Aguirre (Spa)

    Vacansoleil-DCM Pro Cycling Team
    • 171  Stijn Devolder (Bel)
    • 172  Johnny Hoogerland (Ned)
    • 173  Sergey Lagutin (Uzb)
    • 174  Björn Leukemans (Bel)
    • 175  Pim Ligthart (Ned)
    • 176  Marco Marcato (Ita)
    • 177  Wout Poels (Ned)
    • 178  Rob Ruijgh (Ned)

    Cofidis, Le Credit en Ligne
    • 181  Samuel Dumoulin (Fra)
    • 182  Leonardo Duque (Col)
    • 183  Julien El Farès (Fra)
    • 184  Tony Gallopin (Fra)
    • 185  Kevin Ista (Bel)
    • 186  Luis Angel Mate Mardones (Spa)
    • 187  Nico Sijmens (Bel)
    • 188  Rein Taaramae (Est)

    Farnese Vini - Neri Sottoli
    • 191  DE NEGRI Pier Paolo (Ita)
    • 192  Francesco Failli (Ita)
    • 193  Elia Favilli (Ita)
    • 194  Leonardo Giordani (Ita)
    • 195  Luca Mazzanti (Ita)
    • 196  G Luca Mirenda (Ita)
    • 197  Davide Ricci Bitti (Ita)
    • 198  Giovanni Visconti (Ita)

    Landbouwkrediet
    • 201  Bert De Waele (Bel)
    • 202  Dirk Bellemakers (Ned)
    • 203  Davy Commeyne (Bel)
    • 204  Sébastien Delfosse (Bel)
    • 205  Benjamin Gourgue (Bel)
    • 206  Reinier Honig (Ned)
    • 207  Bert Scheirlinckx (Bel)
    • 208  Geert Verheyen (Bel)

    Skil - Shimano
    • 211  Roy Curvers (Ned)
    • 212  Koen de Kort (Ned)
    • 213  Mitchell Docker (Aus)
    • 214  Johannes Fröhlinger (Ger)
    • 215  Simon Geschke (Ger)
    • 216  Yann Huguet (Fra)
    • 217  Matthieu Sprick (Fra)
    • 218  Albert Timmer (Ned)

    Topsport Vlaanderen - Mercator
    • 221  Jérôme Baugnies (Bel)
    • 222  Johan Coenen (Bel)
    • 223  Geert Steurs (Bel)
    • 224  Laurens De Vreese (Bel)
    • 225  Pieter Jacobs (Bel)
    • 226  Pieter Serry (Bel)
    • 227  Steven Van Vooren (Bel)
    • 228  Sander Armee (Bel)

    Veranda's Willems - Accent
    • 231  Thomas Degand (Bel)
    • 232  Arnoud van Groen (Ned)
    • 233  Gregory Habeaux (Bel)
    • 234  Staf Scheirlinckx (Bel)
    • 235  Bram Schmitz (Ned)
    • 236  Stefan van Dijck (Ned)
    • 237  Jurgen Van Goolen (Bel)
    • 238  James Van Landschoot (Bel)
     
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    Amstel Gold Race News

    Cancellara not under pressure at Amstel Gold Race Fabian Cancellara (Leopard Trek) will ride the Amstel Gold Race for the first time since 2004 but insisted in a personal column in Belgian newspaper Het Nieuwsblad he feels "As feel as free as a bird" and not under pressure to get a result. Cancellara is part of a powerful Leopard Trek team that is expected to be captained by Andy and Frank Schleck with key support from Jens Voigt, Fabian Wegmann, Jakob Fuglsang and Maxime Monfort. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/cancellara-not-under-pressure-at-amstel-gold-race Gilbert on form as Amstel opens Ardennes Classics elgian one-day specialist Philippe Gilbert will line up for the Amstel Gold Race knowing that his big objective of the spring lies one week further down the line at Liege-Bastogne-Liege. But that won’t stop his rivals taking him as a serious contender for victory Sunday, when Amstel opens a trio of long, hilly one-day races known as the Ardennes Classics. Gilbert, who rides for Omega-Pharma, had a super 2010 season, winning Amstel in the spring and making up for missing out on a podium at the world road race championships in Australia with autumn victories in the Tour de Piedmont and Tour of Lombardy. Link: http://www.ottawacitizen.com/sports/Gilbert+form+Amstel+opens+Ardennes+Classics/4618293/story.html Schleck brothers target Amstel victory Cycling siblings Andy and Frank Schleck have warned rivals of their victory intentions heading into the first of the three Ardennes Classics on Sunday at the Amstel Gold Race. Andy Schleck is a two-time Tour de France runner-up who won the third and most prestigious race in the series, Liege-Bastogne-Liege, in 2009. It was at Amstel, a 260km race held in the hilly Limburg region of the Netherlands, that older brother Frank claimed his breakthrough win in 2006. Link: http://supersport.com/cycling/international/news/110415/Schleck_brothers_target_Amstel_victory Strong Leopard team for Amstel Gold Race Sunday's Amstel Gold Race in the Netherlands will continue the string of Spring Classics, now taking the cycling world to the Ardennes region. Luxembourg team Leopard Trek is expected to make a strong showing once again, with its top man Fabian Cancellara this time joining the two Schleck brothers, fresh from recent performances in Spain. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/strong-leopard-team-for-amstel-gold-race Cunego and Lampre-ISD ready for the Ardennes Classics The main athlete for the Ardennes races will be Damiano Cunego, but the overall quality of the team that will be directed by DS Orlando Maini in Amstel Gold Race (April 17), Fleche Wallonne (April 20) and Liege-Bastogne-Liege (April 24) will be guaranteed by Rubens Bertagnolli, Francesco Gavazzi, Loosli, Mori, Pietropolli, Spezialetti and Ulysses. Link: http://www.bikeworldnews.com/2011/04/14/cunego-lampreisd-ready-ardennes-classics/ Robert Gesink returns to the Keutenberg, the climb that took his father Less than half a year ago, Robert Gesink's father crashed on the descent of the Amstel Gold Race's famed Keutenberg climb. The father of Holland's biggest Tour de France hope succumbed to his injuries not long after. This week and this Sunday's Amstel Gold Race has been a difficult return to the region for Gesink. Link: http://www.velonation.com/News/ID/8136/Robert-Gesink-returns-to-the-Keutenberg-the-climb-that-took-his-father.aspx Fränk Schleck looking for a birthday present at the Amstel Gold Race Fränk Schleck was 30 on Friday and hopes to celebrate his birthday with a second victory at the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The Leopard Trek team is still looking for its first major victory but Schleck heads a powerful squad for the Amstel Gold Race that includes his brother Andy Schleck, Fabian Cancellara, Fabian Wegmann, Jakob Fuglsang, Jens Voigt and Maxime Monfort. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/frank-schleck-looking-for-a-birthday-present-at-the-amstel-gold-race Visconti declared fit for Amstel Gold Race Italian national champion Giovanni Visconti (Farnese Vini-Neri Sottoli) has recovered from the flu virus that stopped him riding Wednesday's Brabantse Pijl and has confirmed he will ride Sunday' Amstel Gold Race. The Sicilian classics rider is considered one of the outsiders for the race, having both the climbing ability and finishing speed to take on favourite Philippe Gilbert (Omega Pharma-Lotto). Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/visconti-declared-fit-for-amstel-gold-race Hesjedal on-form for Amstel Gold Race In 2010, Hesjedal opened his account with a bang via his best-ever result in a one-day Classic: a second place finish in the Amstel Gold Race, two seconds down on race winner Philippe Gilbert. He followed that result with a ninth place finish at Fléche Wallonne and a 12th place performance at Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Link: http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/hesjedal-on-form-for-amstel-gold-race Amstel Gold Preview With the professional cycling season fully under way, its time for the Amstel Gold 2011 edition–the first of what are known as the Ardennes Classics. This race is the only Dutch race on the UCI’s World Tour calendar. As such, it celebrates its 46 anniversary and takes place this Sunday April 17, 2011, with the peloton leaving Maastricht at 10:21 am; all set in the beautiful countryside of the Netherlands. Link: http://www.usprocyclingnews.com/2011/04/amstel-gold-race-preview/
     
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    This is the classic I'm least interested in.
    Today I'll watch it to see what Cancellara can do on hillier classic profile. It's maybe an offense to riders who are targeting the race, but in prospect of his future goals - it makes sense. The race should be good indicator of what he can do with this kind of form, and how he should plan his season in order to win in Liege.

    It's really hard to imagine him winning today, but a place in the group behind winner's group isn't unrealistic.

    My pick is Kolobnev.
     
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    The best tipping strategy would be to pick someone who isn't a past winner /img/vbsmilies/smilies/biggrin.gif
     
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    I have added some links to live feeds.
     
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    I find steephill.tv has pretty much everything on there - in english and for free. I'm watching the end of the race on there right now - from the comfort of my warm bed with a nice cup of tea.
     
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    Gilbert has put an end to the trend.

    Very clever ride from him. He took this one on experience.

    Entertaining race
     
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    why do i enjoy watching to schlecks lose so much?... i was high fiving my 3yr old son (who had no idea..) when andy started pedaling squares and got eaten up... lol.. these guys just seem like such arrogant pricks to me for some reason..
     
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    I concur. My issue with Frank is the multi-thousand dollar payment for "training plans" to Dr. "Puerto" Fuentes several years back, and Andy, I just don't see him winning any Mr. Humility awards any time soon...
     
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    I only managed to see the highlights of this race. Good win for Gilbert. He really is starting to deliver results and he's riding very consistently.

    And I concur with the other posters here as regards the Schlecks. These guys leave me cold I have to say.
     
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