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Rumours of the return of a women’s Amstel Gold Race have been flying around for a while now, and today race organisers made it official. On April 16, 2017, the women’s peloton will get the opportunity to race the classic Dutch race on the same day as the men’s WorldTour event.
A former Amstel Gold Race winner, Leontien Zijlaard-van Moorsel, will become race director of the women’s event.
The men’s and women’s events will start and finish in the same location, with the women leaving from Maastricht a short while after the men have started their race.
The finish will once again be a kilometer after the iconic Cauberg, which means the climbers with the best sprint legs have the biggest chance in winning the race – just like we saw in the last men’s editions, with Enrico Gasparotto, Michal Kwiatkowski and Philippe Gilbert as the last three winners of the race.
With the return of a women’s Amstel Gold Race on the calendar, the UCI 1.1 Boels Rental Hills Classic organisation announced the discontinuation of their own race, explaining their objectives have been met.
This means the last ever edition of the Hills Classic was won by Boels-Dolmans’ Lizzie Deignan (formerly Lizzie Armitstead), ahead of Annemiek van Vleuten (Orica-AIS) and Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Cervélo-Bigla).