Amstel Gold Race 2013: The Big Preview

Sunday’s Amstel Gold Race kicks off a week of Ardennes Classics, three hilly races in the Netherlands and Belgium that also include Fleche Wallone (April 17) and Liege-Bastogne-Liege (April 21).

The route for the 48th edition of the Amstel Gold Race has been tweaked, with the finish line shifted just under two kilometres from the final climb of the Cauberg. It’s in the same position as the finish line for the 2012 World Championships last year – won by Philippe Gilbert (BMC Racing).

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After the start in Maastricht, the riders head north and loop around Valkenberg in three different circuits before hitting the finishing loop. Along the way they’ll tackle 34 climbs (see list below) during the race’s 251.8 kilometres in a war of attrition.

Enrico Gasparotto (Astana) won last year’s race after out-sprinting fellow late attackers Jelle Vanendert (Lotto-Belisol) and Peter Sagan (Cannondale). Sagan goes into this year’s race as one of the favourites along with Gilbert. The two riders duelled for the win this week in Brabantse Pijl, with Sagan coming out on top – just. Sagan has been the man to beat this season, and teams will have to work hard to overhaul him during the race.

Other riders worth watching out for are Joaquim Rodriguez (Katusha), Thomas Voeckler (Europcar), Damiano Cunego (Lampre-Merida), Niki Terpstra (Omega Pharma-QuickStep), Simon Gerrans (Orica-GreenEdge), Bauke Mollema, Tom-Jelte Slagter (Blanco), Sergio Henao, Edvald Boasson Hagen (both Sky), Fabian Wegmann (Garmin-Sharp) and Roman Kreuziger (Saxo-Tinkoff).

Gasparotto looks unlikely to repeat last year’s result, after colliding with a truck during training on Thursday. He came away from the incident with minor injuries and has vowed to start the race, but it’s a major setback for the Italian.

Great Britain is represented in the race by Alex Dowsett (Movistar), Erick Rowsell, Russell Downing (both NetApp-Endura), Peter Kennaugh and Jonathan Tiernan-Locke (both Sky).

Amstel Gold Race 2013
When Sunday, April 14
Rank UCI WorldTour
Start Maastricht
Finish Valkenberg
Distance 251.8km

Amstel Gold Race 2013: Climbs
(number/name/length of climb/distance from start)
Start: Maastricht 0km
1. Slingerberg (105m, 9.4km)
2. Adsteeg (110m, 14.1km)
3. Lange Raarberg (140m, 22.3km)
4. Bergseweg (175m, 38km)
5. Sibbergrubbe (153m, 50.1km)
6. Cauberg (140m, 54.1km)
7. Geulhemmerberg (130m, 58.6km)
8. Wolfsberg (170m, 78.1km)
9. Loorberg (215m, 81.2km)
10. Schweiberg (220m, 92.5km)
11. Camerig (273m, 98.9km)
12. Drielandenpunt (320m, 109.5km)
13. Gemmenich (265m, 114km)
14. Vijlenerbos (276m, 117.8km)
15. Eperheide (224m, 126.5km)
16. Gulperberg (151m, 135.1km)
17. Plettenberg (141m, 138.6km)
18. Eijserweg (202m, 140.7km)
19. Huls (216m, 145.2km)
20. Vrakelberg (183m, 150.5km)
21. Sibbergrubbe (153m, 158.2km)
22. Cauberg (140m, 162.6km)
23. Geulhemmerberg (130m, 167.2km)
24. Bemelerberg (140m, 180.3km)
25. Loorberg (215m, 195.6km)
26. Gulpenerberg (151m, 205.1km)
27. Kruisberg (165m, 210.5km)
28. Eijserbosweg (195m, 212.4km)
29. Fromberg (165m, 216.5km)
30. Keutenberg (175m, 220.7km)
31. Cauberg (140m, 230.7km)
32. Geulhemmerberg (130m, 235.3km)
33. Bemelerberg (140m, 242.2km)
34. Cauberg (140m, 249.2km)
Finish: Valkenberg 251.8km

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Amstel Gold Race 2013: Teams
Ag2r-La Mondiale
BMC Racing Team
IAM Cycling
Omega Pharma-QuickStep
Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise

Amstel Gold Race 2013: TV coverage
Digital and satellite channel British Eurosport will broadcast live coverage of the Amstel Gold Race
Sunday April 14, 13:10-16:00, Amstel Gold Race LIVE, British Eurosport
Sunday April 14, 20:30-21:30, Amstel Gold Race highlights, British Eurosport

Enrico Gasparotto tops the 2012 podium

Amstel Gold Race: Recent winners
2012 Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana
2011 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
2010 Philippe Gilbert (Bel) Omega Pharma-Lotto
2009 Sergei Ivanov (Rus) Team Katusha
2008 Damiano Cunego (Ita) Lampre
2007 Stefan Schumacher (Ger) Gerolsteiner
2006 Frank Schleck (Lux) Team CSC
2005 Danilo Di Luca (Ita) Liquigas-Bianchi
2004 Davide Rebellin (Ita) Gerolsteiner
2003 Alexandre Vinokourov (Kaz) Team Telekom

Amstel Gold Race: Last year’s top ten (2012)
Last year’s race report>>
1. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita) Astana in 6-32-35
2. Jelle Vanendert (Bel) Lotto-Belisol at same time
3. Peter Sagan (Svk) Liquigas-Cannondale at 2 secs
4. Oscar Freire (Spa) Katusha
5. Thomas Voeckler (Fra) Europcar
6. Philippe Gilbert (Bel) BMC Racing
7. Samuel Sanchez (Spa) Euskaltel-Euskadi
8. Fabian Wegmann (Ger) Garmin-Barracuda at 4 secs
9. Rinaldo Nocentini (Ita) Ag2r La Mondiale
10. Bauke Mollema (Ned) Rabobank at same time

Related links

UCI WorldTour calendar 2013

Spring Classics 2013 coverage index

Gasparotto wins 2012 Amstel Gold Race