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41rst Amstel Gold Race Preview Part I
 
By Vaughn Trevi
Date: 4/15/2006
41rst Amstel Gold Race Preview Part I
 

41rst Amstel Gold Race Preview Part I
The Parcours, the Hills, Palmares & top 30 from last years race, Daily Peloton Archives for the Race and photos of the riders preparing on Saturday.

The youngest Classic the Amstel Gold was first run in 1966 over 305 kilometres, but the following year the distance was reduced to 250 kilometres and it has kept that distance till today.

The parcours of 253.1 kilometres, with 31 climbs, the Amstel Gold is a classic that is more suited to more lightweight riders, with less complicated roads and not so much cobblestone. But it will have the toughness of a the Spring Classics type of race and the battle to achieve the victory of the specialists who have this week marked the race as the main objective on their schedule.


Fabian Wegmann  photo c. Bart Hazen http://www.cyclingfx.nl/

The 41rst edition does not vary much from previous editions with the toughest part in the middle of the race, from kilometre 135 to 160, in which 5 hills are climbed. Here there will be an initial selection and many riders will begin to get left behind. Only the strongest will keep going until the final climbs , 8 in the last 40 kilometres, with the final Cauberg wall, 1 kilometre with an 8% gradient where the favourites will do all they can to shake off their rivals and raise their arms as they cross the finish line.


Astarloa photo c. Bart Hazen http://www.cyclingfx.nl/

As Valerio Piva of T-mobile stated this week it is a test for the climbers and all rounders:
Amstel Gold Race doesn't have the cobbled mystique of the other Northern Classics, but what it lacks in cobbles it makes up for in short poisonous climbs. It is the cumulative effect of 31 small ascents, none longer than 2.1 kilometres and none with a gradient steeper than one in seven, which dictates the pattern of the race. Unsurprising, the Amstel Gold Race is usually won by an all-rounder who outlasts his fellow breakaways on the final series of killer climbs.
"There's hardly five kilometres of flat road on the route and that's what makes it so difficult," says T-Mobile sporting director Valerio Piva. The best known climb is the one-in-seven drag up the finishing hill, the Cauberg, which is usually the decisive point in the race and the focal point for fans. The race takes the riders up this hill three times. "The constant changes of direction make it difficult for the riders to know where the wind is coming from. But they have to stay focussed, so that they still have enough in the tank for the last assault on the Cauberg," continues Valerio Piva, who lives in Maastricht.


Rabo's Fletcha photo c. Bart Hazen http://www.cyclingfx.nl/


Start Maastricht Market
Major Bergs (climbs)
1. Maasberg at 11.1 km, cobble
Height: 60 metres Length: 210 metres Slope: 8 percent
Railroad Crossing: 13.5 kms GELEEN
2. Adsteeg 22.3 km, asphalt
Height: 110 metres Length: 620 metres Slope: 4 percent
3. Lange Raarberg 30.1 km, asphalt
Height: 130 metres Length: 1070 metres Slope: 6 percent
4. Bergseweg 45.6 km, cobble
Height: 180 metres Length: 2000 metres Slope: 5 percent
5. Sibbergrubbe 57.8,
asphalt
Height: 145 metres Length: 1760 metres Slope: 5 percent
6. Cauberg 63.7 km
, asphalt
Height: 130 metres Length: 1000 metres Slope: 8 percent
7. Wolfsberg 83,3
asphalt
Height: 185 metres
8. Loorberg 87.5,
asphalt
Height: 218 metres Length: 1500 metres Slope: 6 percent
9. Schweiberg 99.9
asphalt
Height: 190 metres Length: 2400 metres Slope: 4 percent
10. Camerig 107.2
107.2 km
Height: 270 metres Length: 2280 metres Slope: 6 percent
11. Drielandenpunt 121.1
km, asphalt
Height: 320 metres Length: 2250 metres Slope: 5 percent


CSC's Van de Velde photo c. Bart Hazen http://www.cyclingfx.nl/

Half Way
12. Gemmenicherweg 125.2
asphalt
Height: 270 metres Length: 1400 metres Slope: 7 percent
13. Vijlenerbos 126.0
asphalt
Height: 275 metres Length: 2000 metres Slope: 5 percent
14. Eperheide 132.4
asphalt
Height: 210 metres Length: 1400 metres Slope: 5 percent
15. Gulperberg 142.9,
asphalt
Height: 155 metres Length: 600 metres Slope: 10 percent
16. Plettenberg 145.2
asphalt
Height: 130 metres Length: 1000 metres Slope: 4 percent
17. Eyserweg 147.6 
at: Grachtstraat,  asphalt
Height: 200 metres Length: 2100 metres Slope: 5 percent
18. Huls 152.2 
St. Remigiusstraat asphalt
Height: 200 metres Length: 1000 metres Slope: 8 percent
19. Vrakelberg 159.2
Kruishoeveweg, asphalt, gravel
Height: 170 metres Length: 300 metres Slope: 6 percent
20. Sibbergrubbe 168.2
asphalt
Height: 145 metres Length: 1760 metres Slope: 5 percent
21. Cauberg  173.5 km,
Vilterweg, asphalt
Height: 130 metres Length: 1000 metres Slope: 8 percent
22. Geulhemmerberg 175,2
  asphalt
Height: 120 metres Length: 800 metres Slope: 7 percent
23. Bemelerberg 193.6
Gasthuis, asphalt
Height: 120 metres Length: 1000 metres Slope: 7 percent
24. Wolfsberg 209.8,
asphalt
Height: 185 metres
25. Loorberg 213.1,
asphalt
Height: 218 metres Length: 1500 metres Slope: 6 percent
26. Gulperberg 224.7,
asphalt
Height: 155 metres Length: 600 metres Slope: 10 percent
27. Kruisberg 229.5,
poor asphalt
Height: 160 metres Length: 700 metres Slope: 8 percent
28. Eyserbosweg 231.8,
poor asphalt
Height: 180 metres Length: 900 metres Slope: 11,5 percent
29. Fromberg 234.4
Afvaartweg, asphalt
Height: 165 metres Length: 1600 metres Slope: 5 percent
30. Keutenberg 240.5,
asphalt
Height: 160 metres Length: 1200 metres Slope: 8 percent
 VALKENBURG
31. Cauberg 250 (3.1 km to finish)
asphalt - Finish
Height: 130 metres Length: 1000 metres Slope: 8 percent
 253.1 Finish

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Race Palmares - Top 3 since 1966
1966

1. Stablinski Jean (Fra)
2. Van De Kerkhove Bernard (Bel)
3. Hugens Jan (Hol)

1967
1. Den Hartog Arie (Hol)
2. Lute Cees (Hol)
3. Steevens Harry (Hol)

1968
1. Steevens Harry (Hol)
2. Rosiers Roger (Bel)
3. Van Rijckeghem Daniel (Bel)

1969
1. Reybrouck Guido (Bel)
2. Huysmans Joseph (Bel)
3. Merckx Eddy (Bel)

1970
1. Pintens Georges (Bel)
2. Vanneste Willy (Bel)
3. Dierickx André (Bel)

1971
1. Verbeeck Frans (Bel)
2. Karstens Gerben (Hol)
3. Rosiers Roger (Bel)

1972
1. Planckaert Walter (Bel)
2. De Geest Willy (Bel)
3. Zoetemelk Joop (Hol)

1973
1. Merckx Eddy (Bel)
2. Verbeeck Frans (Bel)
3. Van Springel Herman (Bel)

1974
1. Knetemann Gerrie (Hol)
2. Planckaert Walter (Bel)
3. Godefroot Walter (Bel)

1975
1. Merckx Eddy (Bel)
2. Maertens Freddy (Bel)
3. Bruyere Joseph (Bel)

1976
1. Maertens Freddy (Bel)
2. Raas Jan (Hol)
3. Leman Luc (Bel)

1977
1. Raas Jan (Hol)
2. Knetemann Gerrie (Hol)
3. Kuiper Hennie (Hol)

1978
1. Raas Jan (Hol)
2. Moser Francesco (Ita)
3. Zoetemelk Joop (Hol)

1979
1. Raas Jan (Hol)
2. Lubberding Henk (Hol)
3. Nilsson Sven-Ake (Suè)

1980
1. Raas Jan (Hol)
2. De Wolf Fons (Bel)
3. Kelly Sean (Irl)

1981
1. Hinault Bernard (Fra)
2. De Vlaeminck Roger (Bel)
3. De Wolf Fons (Bel)

1982
1. Raas Jan (Hol)
2. Roche Stephen (Irl)
3. Braun Gregor (All)

1983
1. Anderson Phil (Aus)
2. Bogaert Jan (Bel)
3. Raas Jan (Hol)

1984
1. Hanegraaf Jacques (Hol)
2. Andersen Kim (Dan)
3. Versluys Patrick (Bel)

1985
1. Knetemann Gerrie (Hol)
2. Lieckens Jef (Bel)
3. Broers Johnny (Hol)

1986
1. Rooks Steven (Hol)
2. Zoetemelk Joop (Hol)
3. Van Holen Ronny (Bel)

1987
1. Zoetemelk Joop (Hol)
2. Rooks Steven (Hol)
3. Elliott Malcolm (Gbr)

1988
1. Nijdam Jelle (Hol)
2. Rooks Steven (Hol)
3. Criquielion Claude (Bel)

1989
1. Van Lancker Eric (Bel)
2. Criquielion Claude (Bel)
3. Bauer Steve (Can)

1990
1. Van Der Poel Adrie (Hol)
2. Roosen Luc (Bel)
3. Nijdam Jelle (Hol)

1991
1. Maassen Frans (Hol)
2. Fondriest Maurizio (Ita)
3. De Wolf Dirk (Bel)

1992
1. Ludwig Olaf (All)
2. Museeuw Johan (Bel)
3. Konyshev Dimitri (Rus)

1993
1. Jaermann Rolf (Sui)
2. Bugno Gianni (Ita)
3. Heppner Jens (All)

1994
1. Museeuw Johan (Bel)
2. Cenghialta Bruno (Ita)
3. Saligari Marco (Ita)

1995
1. Gianetti Mauro (Sui)
2. Cassani Davide (Ita)
3. Zberg Beat (Sui)

1996
1. Zanini Stefano (Ita)
2. Bettin Mauro (Ita)
3. Museeuw Johan (Bel)

1997
1. Riis Bjarne (Dan)
2. Tafi Andrea (Ita)
3. Zberg Beat (Sui)

1998
1. Jaermann Rolf (Sui)
2. Den Bakker Maarten (Hol)
3. Bartoli Michele (Ita)

1999
1. Boogerd Michael (Hol)
2. Armstrong Lance (Usa)
3. Missaglia Gabriele (Ita)

2000
1. Zabel Erik (All)
2. Boogerd Michael (Hol)
3. Zberg Markus (Sui)

2001
1. Dekker Erik (Hol)
2. Armstrong Lance (Usa)
3. Baguet Serge (Bel)

2002
1. Bartoli Michele (Ita)
2. Ivanov Serguei (Rus)
3. Boogerd Michael (Hol)

2003
1. Vinokourov Alexandre (Kaz)
2. Boogerd Michael (Hol)
3. Di Luca Danilo (Ita)

2004
1. Davide Rebellin
2. Michael Boogerd
3. Paolo Bettini

2005
1 Di Luca, Danilo Liquigas - Bianchi
2 Boogerd, Michael Rabobank
3 Celestino, Mirko Domina Vacanze

4 Rebellin, Davide Gerolsteiner
5 Martin Perdiguero, Miguel Angel Phonak Hearing Systems
6 Sinkewitz, Patrik Quickstep
7 Leukemans, Bjorn Davitamon-Lotto
8 Etxebarria Alkorta, David Liberty Seguros - Würth Team
9 Pineau, Jerome Bouygues Telecom
10 Freire Gomez, Oscar Rabobank

11 Kirchen, Kim Fassa Bortolo
12 Astarloa Ascasibar, Igor Barloworld - Valsir
13 Valverde Belmonte, Alejandro Illes Balears - Caisse d´Epargne
14 Arvesen, Kurt-Asle CSC
15 Schumacher, Stefan Shimano - Memory Corp.
16 Zaballa Gutierrez, Constantino Saunier Duval - Prodir
17 Coenen, Johan MrBookmaker - SportsTech
18 Brandt, Christophe Davitamon-Lotto
19 Mertens, Pieter Chocolade Jacques - T Interim
20 Mori, Manuele Saunier Duval - Prodir

21 Ljungqvist, Marcus Liquigas - Bianchi
22 Kessler, Matthias T-Mobile
23 Murn, Uros Phonak Hearing Systems
24 Landaluze Intxaurraga, Inigo Euskaltel - Euskadi
25 Pereiro Sio, Oscar Phonak Hearing Systems
26 Voigt, Jens CSC
27 Merckx, Axel Davitamon-Lotto
28 Sørensen, Nicki CSC
29 Rodriguez Oliver, Joaquin Saunier Duval - Prodir
30 Moos, Alexandre Phonak Hearing Systems

 
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