Amstel Gold Race Preview (1.WWT)

After a weekend hiatus the second UCI WWT series continue this Sunday in Maastricht. Maastricht will witness a turning point in women’s cycling hosting the start of the inaugural edition of the Ardennes Week. The fourth edition of Amstel Gold Race (previously held from 2001 to 2003 as part of the defunct UCI Road Women’s World Cup) will witness the sixth round of the UCI Women’s World Tour on Sunday 16 April 2017.

Together with Fleche Wallonne, which has been held uninterruptedly since 1998, and Liège-Bastogne-Liège, which will held this year its inaugural edition, forms part of the historic inaugural women’s edition of the Ardennes Week. During the first five rounds of the second UCI WWT series we have witnessed four different winners (Elisa Longo Borghini, Amalie Dideriksen, Coryn Rivera twice and Lotta Lepistö) from four different teams (Wiggle-High5, Boels-Dolmans, Team Sunweb and Cervélo Bigla), including several bunch sprint finales. Will be Amstel Gold Race a turning point in the UCI WWT series? Or will they race end up on a bunch sprint finale atop Cauberg?

The parcours of the race will cover slightly over 120 kilometres sharing its start and finish location with the men’s Amstel Gold Race, a finish location that  was already featured during the 2012 World Championships. During the final 45 minutes there will have live TV broadcasting.

Parcours

Sunday, 16 April 2017, local time from 10:40 am until 14:15 pm approx (UTC+2)

Route 121km: Maastricht – Valkenburg

After about 2km of neutralisation, the 121 kilometrees of 2017 Amstel Gold Race race course will start. Riders will have to cover 17 hills throughout the 121-kilometre course featuring its iconic and characteristic Cauberg hill four times. Once the peloton, or the rest of it, reaches the finish line for the first time in Rijksweg they will start a 3-lap 22.5-kilometre local circuit, which includes Geulhemmerberg, Bemelerberg and Cauberg.A tough parcours that will cause enough front selection during the race and that will likely be decided on the ultime clmb atop Cauberg. The 2017 edition classified hills are the following ones:

  1. Slingerberg at mark 9.7km -> 1200m long at an average 5.4% gradient.
  2. Adsteeg at mark 13.8km-> 500m long at an average 5.5% gradient.
  3. Lange Raarberg at mark 22km -> 1300m long at an average 4.5% gradient.
  4. Bergseweg at mark 37.7km -> 2700m long at an average 3.3% gradient.
  5. Eyserbosweg at mark 45.3km -> 2200m long at an average 8.1% gradient.
  6. Fromberg at mark 49.1km -> 1600m long at an average 4% gradient.
  7. Keutenberg at mark 53.6km -> 700m long at an average 9.4% gradient.
  8. Cauberg at mark 63.6km -> 1200m long at an average 5.8% gradient.
  9. Geulhemmerberg at mark 68.1km -> 1353m long at an average 6.5% gradient.
  10. Bemelerberg at mark 76.8km -> 1000m long at an average 7.7% gradient.
  11. Cauberg at mark 82km -> 2500m long at an average 5.0% gradient.
  12. Geulhemmerberg at mark 86.6km -> 1000m long at an average 6.2% gradient.
  13. Bemelerberg at mark 95.3km -> 900m long at an average 5% gradient.
  14. Cauberg at mark 100.5km -> 2500m long at an average 5.0% gradient.
  15. Geulhemmerberg at mark 105.1km -> 1000m long at an average 6.2% gradient.
  16. Bemelerberg at mark 113.8km -> 900m long at an average 5% gradient.
  17. Cauberg at mark 119km -> 2500m long at an average 5.0% gradient.

Favourites & Outsiders

EstrellaEstrellaEstrellaEstrella   [ITA] Elisa Longo Borghini,  [HOL] Anna van der Breggen, [POL] Kasia Niewiadoma

EstrellaEstrellaEstrella  [ITA] Elena Cecchini, [HOL] Annemiek van Vleuten, [HOL] Marianne Vos
EstrellaEstrella  [USA] Coryn Rivera,  [HOL] Chantal Blaak, [SUD] Ashleigh Moolman, [FRA] Pauline Ferrand-Prevot
Estrella   [ITA] Sheyla Gutiérrez, [HOL] Janneke Ensing, [ITA] Sofia Beggin, [GBR] Lizzie Deignan, [CUB] Sarah Gillow

Betting area

Our favourite: [POL] Kasia Niewiadoma

Our outsider[HOL] Janneke Ensing

Participants

Sheyla Gutiérrez (Cylance) will be our only Spanish representative at the inaugural edition of Amstel Gold Race.

Startlist Elite

Who to follow

15 riders to watch at Amstel Gold Race

Previous edition (2003 AGR RWC)

@UCI

Then twenty-year old British rider Nicole Cooke (Ausra Gruodis-Safi) won in Valkenburg the third edition of Amstel Gold Race. British rider Cooke was the fastest to cover the 114,8 kilometre course of the fourth 2003 UCI World Cup event finishing two seconds ahead of Australian rider Olivia Gollan (Australian National Team) and Lithuanian rider Edita Pucinskaite (SC Michela Fanini).

Results

1
[GBR]
Nicole Cooke
Ausra Gruodis-Safi
02h45’18”
2
[AUS]
Olivia Gollan
Australian National Team
2”
3
[LIT]
Edita Pucinskaite
SC Michela Fanini
st
4
[ALE]
Regina Schleicher
German National Team
4”
5
[SUE]
Susanne Ljungskog
Aliverti-Catalunya-Kookai
5”
6
[HOL]
Mirjam Melchers
Farm Frites-Hartoli
6”
7
[AUS]
Sara Carrigan
Bik-Powerplate
7”
8
[ALE]
Judith Arndt
Nürnberger Versicherung
st
9
[RUS]
Zoulfia Zabirova
Prato Marathon Bike
8”
10
[CAN]
Lyne Bessette
Canadian National Team
9”

How to follow the race

The race will be broadcast live from 13:30 until 14:15 (UTC+2) on:

Official App

Apple Store

Google Play

TV highlights

Highlights at UCI channel and broadcasted at RTS (Switzerland), Rai (Italy) and RTL Luxembourg.

Social media

Twitter

A few Twitter accounts and hashtags (among others) to follow the race:

Facebook

A few Facebook accounts:

Sources

Official website
Women Cycling Fever
UCI

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Written by:
Diego Martín
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