In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cavendish takes first 2017 win at Abu Dhabi Tour; McCabe wins second stage of Tour de Langkawi, Gibbons into lead; Dennis wins Tour de La Provence as Mattia Cattaneo takes final stage; Ariesen wins second stage of Volta ao Alentejo; Cycling Australia poaches Sky’s Simon Jones to head high performance; Van Avermaet heads into Spring Classics with confidence of an Olympic champion; Owain Doull claims disc rotor sliced his shoe in sprint crash on Abu Dhabi stage; Women’s Amstel Gold Race will use traditional Cauberg finish; Belgians Boonen, Vanmarcke ready to start Classics season at Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Kuurne-Bruxelles-Kuurne; Baloise Belgium Tour announces 2017 route; Laura Kenny awarded 2016 FT Bidlake Memorial Prize; Trial date set for Armstrong federal whistleblower case; Highlights: Abu Dhabi Tour, stage 1; Highlights: Volta ao Alentejo, stage 1.
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While the men’s Amstel Gold Race is removing the Cauberg as the final climb of the race, the women’s event will still use the traditional course, with the Cauberg coming 2km from the finish.
The women’s race will finish with three laps of 18.5km that include the Geulhemmerberg, Bemelerberg and finishing on the Cauberg.
In total the women will face 17 climbs with four ascents of the Cauberg.
Race director Leo van Vliet said the change for the men’s race is an attempt to break away from what has become a predictable finish.
“It is not the organisers but the riders and the teams that make the race,” he said. “It is obvious that the Cauberg, now at about 19 km from the finish will be, will be less decisive [for the men].”