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by Mark Zalewski
February 16, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Hermans wins Tour of Oman, stage 2; Valderde wins Ruta Del Sol opener; Gaviria wins first stage of Volta ao Algarve; Riders’ association protests disc brake usage without further safety measures; After a shining Tour performance, Pantano nurturing a big long-term goal; 2017 Paris-Roubaix to feature more cobbles than in 2016; No Cauberg finish for Amstel Gold Race in 2017; 2017 Women’s Tour to finish in London; Inga Thompson returning to cycling to advocate for the women’s peloton; Shane Perkins to race with Russia in bid for Tokyo 2020; Successful surgery for Chris Butler; Abu Dhabi Tour announces provisional start list; ‘One More Brew’ Garburn Winter Cyclocross.
The finish of the Amstel Gold Race will be markedly different this year, as the race organisation announced it is removing the Cauberg climb from the finish lap in an effort to make the racing less predictable.
The riders on the Cauberg during the 2016 Amstel Gold Race.
“By removing the last climb of the Cauberg in our course we hope for a more open race, where there will be more contenders and the attackers have more opportunities,” race director Leo van Vliet said.
As in recent years the race will start in Maastricht and make three major loops through the hills of South Limburg and include three climbs of the Cauberg.
After the third loop the riders will climb the Geulhemmerberg and Bemelerberg. Where the last four editions then climbed the Bemelerberg followed by an ultimate ascent of the Cauberg towards the final kilometer, the riders will now climb the Daalhemmerweg and at the roundabout in Sibbe will turn immediately left towards Felt. From the roundabout there will be approximately two kilometres to the finish line.
“Roman Kreuziger, Philippe Gilbert, Michal Kwiatkowski and Enrico Gasparotto have been fantastic winners in recent years,” said van Vliet. “Nevertheless, there was always discussion after the race that it was always the same, because the Cauberg is two kilometres from the finish line and is too decisive.”