Amstel Gold Race 2017 odds
Amstel Gold Race 2017 will be held on Sunday, April 16. The Dutch World Tour Classic was founded in 1966 and is characterized by the many climbs and endless tossing and turning through the South Limburg hills.
Since 2009, the event is part of the UCI world tour. The Amstel Gold Race for professionals is happening every year in South Limburg. However, also 12,000 hobby cyclists are welcome to participate in the Amstel Gold Race. As every year participants can follow the paths of the Amstel Gold Race. They can choose from a distance of 60 km, 100 km, 125 km, 150 km, 200 km up to 240 km. The cyclists will pass, as every year, the Buitenplaats de Mechelerhof. The finish of the Amstel Gold Race is located in Valkenburg.
In 2016 won the Italian Enrico Gasparotto, the Dane Michael Valgren and Italian Sonny Colbrelli. Loïc Vliegen was ninth and was the best Belgian. Bauke Mollema finished as the best Dutch: 14th.
The organization has a bid book for the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition submitted to the UCI. The International Cycling Union will next week calendar for the UCI WorldTour known. "With the rich history of the Amstel Gold Race and the attractive course I assume that the UCI Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition will already record in 2017 in the calendar of the UCI World Tour," said Leo van Vliet, the race director the men's edition, in the press release.
The last year runner-up, Danish Michael Valgren is expected to come back in 2017 with even bigger expectation for himself. A fact to mention is that the 24-year-old will be competing as a member of Astana team and not for Tinkoff, as he did in 2016. Valgren said for cyclingquotes.com after breakthrough result of last uear : ’’I hope to win the race in this future. Already at last year’s race [AGR 2015] I was feeling really, really good and this is a race that suits me very well, but it’s a really hard race – hectic all day and you have to be lucky not to have crashes, and if you have a puncture you’re also in the back. I was lucky today, and strong, but in the future I hope I can be even stronger.”
Bardiani–CSF took the 3rd position last year with Sonny Colbrelli and is looking to make from his name a notable one in the world of cycling ’’ I always thought Amstel Gold Race was a race suited me, I really like it. Today I was close to making my dream come true and I gained an important experience. I feel I made a quality step and I can look to the Classics with new ambitions.’’, he said after the race of last year. And his burning desire might help in order to made from the 2017 edition of this event a launching ramp for him.
Michael Matthews long-awaited move to Giant-Alpecin has been confirmed by the German team, with the Australian signing a three-year contract starting from 2017. The 25-year-old joins after a four-year spell with his native WorldTour team Orica-BikeExchange, and is likely to replace the outgoing John Degenkolb as the team’s key sprinter. Having won stages in all three Grand Tours, with a maiden Tour de France win on stage 10 of this year’s race, Matthews has also shown potential in the Classics, with podium finishes at the likes of Amstel Gold Race and Milan-San Remo. We are rating him with big chances in Amstel Gold Race 2017 too!
Others big names to mention for this stage include Michal Kwiatkowski, Simon Gerrans and Julian Alaphilippe.