Why moving the Cauberg in Amstel Gold Race will show that tradition isn't always best

Comment: Tradition is vital to the Classics, but unpredictability is what makes these races really special

The Cauberg has become the traditional climax to a day of climbing at Amstel Gold Race

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Tradition is one of the pillars of professional cycling, and woe betide those who thumb their nose at it.

The latest is Amstel Gold Race organiser Leo van Vliet, who has been criticised in some quarters for dropping the traditional finish of his event, just beyond the Cauberg climb out of Valkenburg, with the aim of making it a more open contest.

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Peter Cossins has been writing about professional cycling since 1993, with his reporting appearing in numerous publications and websites including Cycling WeeklyCycle Sport and Procycling - which he edited from 2006 to 2009. Peter is the author of several books on cycling - The Monuments, his history of cycling's five greatest one-day Classic races, was published in 2014, followed in 2015 by Alpe d’Huez, an appraisal of cycling’s greatest climb. Yellow Jersey - his celebration of the iconic Tour de France winner's jersey won the 2020 Telegraph Sports Book Awards Cycling Book of the Year Award.