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Sunday April 21, 2019
Race Report: Mathieu van der Poel won his home race in a fascinating finalé of the Amstel Gold Race. After a failed attack at 44 kilometers out, the Dutch champion looked out of the race, but with a hard chase, he single handed pulled the race together and won the sprint. Twenty-nine years after father, Adrie van der Poel.
Saturday April 20, 2019
PeloPics: The 2019 Amstel Gold Race is this Sunday and teams from all around the World will be competing, but 30 years ago things were a little different. Back in 1987 the 7-Eleven team from the US and Britain's ANC squad were still a bit of a novelty. We take a retro look at the Dutch Classic in 1987 through the lens of Cor Vos.
Friday April 19, 2019
Rider Interview: Love him or hate him, Davide Rebellin has an impressive palmarès. He had his 2008 Olympic silver medal taken away and served his suspension, to then resume his professional career, now in his twenty-seventh season (28 if you include his banned 2010). A multi Classics winner with a shadow over his career - Ed Hood had to have a word with Davide.
Wednesday April 17, 2019
Race Preview: The cobbled races have now passed and the road season turns the corner and hits the climbs of the Ardennes Classics. First up is Holland's only Classic - The Amstel Gold Race. Ed Hood looks at what used to be a sprinters event that is now climb packed finalé of fun from Maastricht, through Southern Limburg, over the Cauberg and finish on the Vilt-Valkenburg.
Wednesday April 11, 2018
Race Preview: The spring season now moves from the cobbles to the climbs and this Sunday sees the action hit Holland and the Amstel Gold Race. At one time it was a race for a sprinter that could get over a few climbs, now is has 35 climbs packed into its 260 kilometers. Ed Hood takes a look at the Dutch Classic.
Friday April 14, 2017
The Amstel Gold Race signals the start of the Ardennes Classics, and the first signs of who's looking good for the Giro. Raced over the hills, dales, and forests of south eastern Holland, the course selects its own worthy winner. Twenty years ago it was Mauro Gianetti who was making the news.
Wednesday April 12, 2017
Amstel Gold Race Preview: The dust has settled on the cobbles of Flanders and Roubaix and so the WorldTour turns its eyes towards the hillier races of the Dutch and Belgian Ardennes. Flèche-Wallonne and Liège-Bastogne-Liège are next week, but this Sunday is Holland's biggest one day race, the Amstel Gold Race.
Friday April 15, 2016
Windmills, flat countryside and Amstel beer are all typically Dutch, but the Amstel Gold Race is far from flat with 34 classified climbs. Peter Easton runs through the background to this Sunday's race and its untypical Dutch profile in the South-East region of Holland.
Tuesday April 22, 2014
PEZ-clusive: On the startline at the Amstel Gold, following the race and then at the finish, new PEZ contributing photographer Wei Yuet was there in the heart of the action. Here's the story of Wei's day from behind the lense following the Netherland's only Classic.
Sunday April 20, 2014
Race Report: On a day when we waited, waited & waited some more for the big guns to make their move it came down to the man that had won here before to show the others how to ride the Cauberg and take the win in the Amstel Gold.
Wednesday April 16, 2014
The Amstel Gold Race is on this Sunday around the hills and traffic furniture laden streets of Holland's Limburg province and it's a brutal race of attrition defined by more than 30 hills. With more twists and turns than a good detective novel the winner is often decided only in the closing kilometers. Ed Hood takes a look at the course and contenders for 2014.
Thursday April 12, 2012
The Ardennes classics kick off with this weekend’s Amstel Gold race, and while the region is home to some fine cycling, it’s also renowned for it’s delicious cuisine. In his 10th year of showing guests the finer parts of European race viewing, riding, and eating, Peter Easton of Velo Classic Tours shares some inside knowledge on where to get the best meals in Maastricht.
Tuesday April 19, 2011
Part Two: When we left off yesterday, we had been prematurely stopped by a race passage yet again. Our quickly changing plans didn't mind - we were still catching the race with alarming frequency after all. The second part of the afternoon involves much of the same - happy changes in plans while watching a beautiful day of racing in the Limburg hills.
Friday April 15, 2011
In Italy the Classics have beautiful names; ‘Primavera’ and ‘Race of the Falling Leaves’ – in France they simply name them after places, Tours, Paris, Roubaix – in Belgium it’s newspapers and road numbers, Het Nieuwsblad and E3. But in Holland, its beer – you have to respect that. Amstel Gold gives its name to one of the youngest and trickiest of all the Classics – it used to be the last of the Spring Classics but declining interest in the race lead to a re-jig of the calendar and now it’s the opener of the three ‘Ardennes’ races.
Wednesday May 18, 2005
Cycling in Europe, unless you’re a professional, is best enjoyed for the experience. It’s about the countryside, the atmosphere, the food, the drink, the languages and the people. If you’re really lucky, you get to go with Velo Classic Tours who has the inside scoop on getting the best of all of those things.