Amstel Gold Race 2021: Everything you need to know

Everything you need to know about the Amstel Gold Race, taking place on Sunday April 18, 2021

The Amstel Gold Race is one of the Ardennes Classics (despite being situated in the Netherlands) and takes place on Sunday, April 18 2021.

The race is usually a hotly contested affair being the first of the three Ardennes, before La Flèche Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, and after a year out due to cancellation thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic it is back in that same slot.

Taking a place in the UCI WorldTour, and the UCI Women’s WorldTour, both the men’s and women’s races draw in some of the top riders in the world.

The last edition of the race, in 2019, saw men’s winner Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) win having singlehandedly pulled back a break, before sprinting ahead of the select group hanging onto his wheel. The women’s race winner, Kasia Niewiadoma (Canyon-SRAM), won solo, holding off the formidable Annemiek van Vleuten (Movistar).

Both races have exceptionally strong line-ups yet again with the biggest names in cycling come together to battle it out with Primož Roglič (Jumbo-Visma) and Marc Hirschi (UAE Team Emirates) expected to join the Classics fold for the men.

In the women’s race, it’s the usual list of amazing riders with Niewiadoma set to fav Van Vleuten as well as Anna van der Breggen (SD Worx), Elisa Longo-Borghini and Lizzie Deignan (both Trek-Segafredo).

>>> Iconic Places: The Cauberg

Amstel Gold Race 2021 route

The 56th edition of the race will feature the same narrow roads, short, sharp ascents, twists and turns we’ve come to expect from the Ardennes Classics.

The route was changed dramatically in 2017 changing the finish from the Cauberg to almost 2km further on from the top with the Bemelerberg being the final climb instead.

The 263km men’s route changed slightly in 2018 and it stayed the same for 2019, with a distance of 265.7km. However, there has been substantial change this year due to Covid-19 restrictions allowing the race to go ahead, therefore the race has been shortened slightly to 216.75km.

The route starts, as usual, in Valkenberg but instead takes on 12 local laps and one final lap that takes on slightly different roads. The route takes in the climbs of the Cauberg, the Geulhemerberg and the Bemelerberg on the 16.9km laps with the final lap being the same as the previous two editions.

The race is famed for its narrow roads, short sharp climbs and fast descents that can see very explosive racing.

The most famous climb the already mentioned Cauberg but the race could also be split on the final climb of the Bemelerberg as well as the Geulhemmerberg, not to mention multiple other vicious kicks throughout the day.

Kasia Niewiadoma wins Amstel Gold Race 2021 (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)

The 2019 women’s race was just 120km long with the starts and finishes at the same place as the men’s, about 1.8 kilometers past the top of the Cauberg. The 2021 route, however, is even shorter again at 115.97km, taking on the same climbs as the men but instead they will take on seven of the 16.9km laps.

Amstel Gold Race 2021 start lists

Men’s race

Alpecin-Fenix

TULETT Ben
MEURISSE Xandro
SBARAGLI Kristian
RIESEBEEK Oscar
JANSSENS Jimmy
WALSLEBEN Philipp
DE TIER Floris

Ineos Grenadiers

PIDCOCK Tom
KWIATKOWSKI Michał
VAN BAARLE Dylan
DE PLUS Laurens
DUNBAR Eddie
ROWE Luke
GOŁAŚ Michał

Trek-Segafredo

STUYVAN Jasper
SIMMONS Quinn
KAMP Alex
BERNARD Julien
LÓPEZ Juan Pedro
RIES Michel
MOLLEMA Bauke

Bora-Hansgrohe

KONRAD Patrick
KELDERMAN Wilco
SCHACHMANN Max
SCHELLING Ide
GAMPER Patrick
BENEDETTI Cesare
SCHILLINGER Andreas

Team Qhubeka-Assos

CLARKE Simon
GOGL Michael
ARMÉE Sander
HENAO Sergio
POWER Robert
LINDEMAN Bert-Jan
BENNETT Sean

Deceuninck – Quick-Step

ALAPHILIPPE Julian
SÉNÉCHAL Florian
VANSEVENANT Mauri
HONORÉ Mikkel
GARRISON Ian
DEVENYNS Dries
SERRY Pieter

Ag2r-Citroën Team

VAN AVERMAET Greg
JUNGELS Bob
PARET-PEINTRE Aurélien
GODON Dorian
DEWULF Stan
SCHÄR Michael
VENTURINI Clément

Groupama-FDJ

MADOUAS Valentin
GAUDU David
MOLARD Rudy
GENIETS Kevin
LADAGNOUS Matthieu
ARMIRAIL Bruno
SEIGLE Romain

Israel Start-Up Nation

IMPEY Daryl
VANMARKE Sep
BEVIN Patrick
DE MARCHI Alessandro
NEILANDS Krists
CATAFORD Alex
RENARD Alexis

Lotto-Soudal

KRON Andreas
WELLENS Tim
VAN DER SANDE Tosh
OLDANI Stefano
GOOSSENS Kobe
MINIQUET Sylvain
CRAS Steff

UAE Team Emirates

HIRSCHI Marc
TRENTIN Matteo
POLANC Jan
GIBBONS Ryan
OLIVEIRA Ivo
COSTA Rui
BJERG Mikkel

EF Education-Nippo

HIGUITA Sergio
VALGREN Michael
CARR Simon
CORT Magnus
BETTIOL Alberto
HOWES Alex
CRADDOCK Lawson

Movistar Team

VALVERDE Alejandro
MAS Luís
SERRANO Gonzalo
ARCAS Jorge
VERONA Carlos
GARCÍA Iván
JACOBS Johan

Team BikeExchange

MATTHEWS Michael
CHAVES Esteban
MEZGEC Luka
SMITH Dion
JUUL-JENSEN Chris
STANNARD Robert
SCHULTZ Nick

Bahrain Victorious

COLBRELLI Sonny
POELS Wout
TEUNS Dylan
HAIG Jack
MOHORIČ Matej
MÄDER Gino
BUITRAGO Santiago

Team Jumbo-Visma

VAN AERT Wout
ROGLIČ Primož
VINGEGAARD Jonas
OOMEN Sam
MARTENS Paul
GESINK Robert
HOFSTEDE Lennard

Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Matériaux

VLIEGEN Loïc
HERMANS Quinten
LAMMERTINK Maurits
VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter
DE GENDT Aimé
ROTA Lorenzo
BAKELANTS Jan

Cofidis

MARTIN Guillaume
GESCHKE Simon
MORIN Emmanuel
PEREZ Anthony
FERNÁNDEZ Rubén
BARCELÓ Fernando
EDET Nicolas

Team DSM

KRAGH ANDERSEN Søren
VERMAERKE Kevin
BERNOOT Tiesj
DONOVAN Mark
DENZ Nico
HAGA Chad
TUSVELD Martijn

Uno-X Pro Cycling Team

HOELGAARD Markus
HVIDEBERG Jonas Iverby
SLEEN Torjus
WÆRSTED Syver
HINDSGAUL MADSEN Jacob
ABRAHAMSEN Jonas
SKAARSETH Anders

Team Arkéa-Samsic

BARGUIL Warren
OWSIAN Łukasz
BOUET Maxime
ANACONA Winner
DELAPLACE Anothony
HARDY Romain
SWIFT Connor

Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise

VAN POUCKE Aaron
WARLOP Jordi
APERS Ruben
SPRENGERS Thomas
MERTENS Julian
DE WILDE Gilles
VERWILST Aaron

Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces-Wallonie Bruxelles

LIVYNS Arjen
ROBEET Ludovic
MENTEN Milan
MOLLY Kenny

Gazprom-RusVelo

VELASCO Simone
CANOLA Marco
KREUZIGER Roman
ROVNY Ivan
KUZNETSOV Viacheslav
STRAKHOV Dmitry
CHERNETSKI Sergei

Women’s race

Canyon-SRAM

NIEWIADOMA Kasia
CHABBEY Elise
CROMWELL Tiffany
RYAN Alexis
HARVEY Mikayla
AMIALIUSIK

SD Worx

VAN DER BREGGEN Anna
VAN DEN BROEK-BLAAK Chantal
MOOLMAN Ashleigh
PIETER Amy
VOLLERING Demi
FISHER-BLACK Niamh

Trek-Segafredo

LONGO-BORGHINI Elisa
WILES Taylor
BRAND Lucinda
CORDON-RAGOT Audrey
WINDER Ruth
HANSON Lauretta

Alé-BTC-Ljubljana

BASTIANELLI Marta
GUDERZO Tatiana
BUJAK Eugenia
REUSSER Marlen
GARCÍA Mavi
WRIGHT Sophie

Team DSM

LIPPERT Liane
RIVERA Coryn
MACKAIJ Floortje
LABOUS Juliette
KOCH Franziska
KIRCHMANN Leah

Liv Racing

PALADIN Soraya
DEMEY Valerie
JACKSON Alison
KOREVAAR Jeanne
ROOIJAKKERS Pauliena
STULTIENS Sabrina

FDJ Nouvelle Aquitaine Futuroscope

LUDWIG Cecile Uttrup
FAHLIN Emilia
CAVALLI Marta
BORGLI Stine
MUZIC Évita
CHAPMAN Brodie

Movistar Team

VAN VLEUTEN Annemiek
ERIĆ Jelena
BIANNIC Aude
THOMAS Leah
RODRÍGUEZ Gloria
PATIÑO Paula Andrea

Team BikeExchange

BROWN Grace
SPRATT Amanda
KENNEDY Lucy
WILLIAMS Georgia
SANTESTEBAN Ane
ENSING Janneke

Team Jumbo-Visma

VOS Marianne
KOSTER Anouska
MARKUS Riejanne
BEEKHUIS Teuntje
SWINKELS Karlijn
VAN DE VELDE Julie

Parkhotel Valkenburg

 

Lotto-Soudal

PLICHTA Anna
PARKINSON Abby-Mae

Caratizit-WNT Pro Cycling

BANKS Lizzy

GT Krush Tunap

 

Doltcini-Van Eyck Sport

 

NXTG Racing

 

Multum Accountants Cycling Team

 

Cams-Tifosi

 

Bingoal Casino-Chevalmeire Cycling Team

 

Team Tibco-Silicon Valley Bank

 

Valcar-Travel & Service Cycling Team

BALSAMO Elisa
GUAZZINI Vittoria
SANGUINETI Ilaria

A.R. Monex Pro Cycling Team

SIERRA Arlenis
RAGUSA Katia

Andy Schleck-CP NVST-Immo Losch

 

Cogeas-Mettler Pro Cycling Team

 

Amstel Gold Race 2021

The race is down to be broadcast on Eurosport, Eurosport Player and GCN+.

You can also follow updates on the official Twitter account: @Amstelgoldrace

Amstel Gold Race past winners

Taking it back to the year 2000, the winners are as follows:

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
2011: Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Omega Pharma–Lotto
2012: Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) Astana
2013: Roman Kreuziger (CZE) Saxo–Tinkoff
2014: Philippe Gilbert (BEL) BMC Racing Team
2015: Michał Kwiatkowski (POL) Etixx–Quick-Step
2016: Enrico Gasparotto (ITA) Wanty–Groupe Gobert
2017: Philippe Gilbert (BEL) Quick-Step Floors
2018: Michael Valgren (DEN) Astana Pro Team
2019: Mathieu van der Poel (NED) Corendon–Circus
2020: No race

Amstel Gold Race women’s past winners

2001: Debby Mansveld (NED) Vlaanderen T Interim
2002: Leontien van Moorsel (NED) Leontien van Moorsel (NED)
2003: Nicole Cooke (GBR)  Pasta Zara–Cogeas
2004-2016: No race
2017: Anna van der Breggen (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
2018: Chantel Blaak (Ned) Boels-Dolmans
2019: Kasia Niewiadoma (Pol) Canyon-SRAM
2020: No race