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

Mathieu van der Poel wins Amstel Gold Race 2019 (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)
(Image credit: Getty Images)

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)
(Image credit: 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

Tim Bonville-Ginn
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