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Amstel Gold Race 2018 odds

Who wins Amstel Gold Race 2018?

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Peter Sagan3.003.00
Alejandro Valverde6.506.50
Julian Alaphilippe7.007.00
Michal Kwiatkowski7.007.00
Enrico Gasparotto10.0010.00
Philippe Gilbert10.0010.00
Tim Wellens10.0010.00
Jon Izagirre11.0011.00
Tiesj Benoot15.0015.00
Michael Matthews17.0017.00
Greg Van Avermaet21.0021.00
Sonny Colbrelli21.0021.00
Dylan Teuns26.0026.00
Michael Albasini29.0029.00
Jay Mc Carthy34.0034.00
Michael Valgren34.0034.00
Nathan Haas34.0034.00
Rui Costa34.0034.00
Primož Roglic41.0041.00
Vincenzo Nibali41.0041.00
Bryan Coquard51.0051.00
Daniel Martin51.0051.00
Niki Terpstra51.0051.00
Omar Fraile51.0051.00
Roman Kreuziger51.0051.00
Sergio Henao51.0051.00
Silvan Dillier51.0051.00
Diego Ulissi67.0067.00
Jakob Fuglsang67.0067.00
José Joaquín Rojas67.0067.00
Wouter Poels67.0067.00
Jelle Vanendert71.0071.00
Carlos Betancur81.0081.00
Marco Canola81.0081.00
Tony Gallopin81.0081.00
Daryl Impey101.00101.00
Fabio Felline101.00101.00
Oliver Naesen101.00101.00

Amstel Gold Race 2018

This year’s edition of the Amstel Gold Race takes place on Sunday 15th April 2018. The one-day race is one of the Ardennes Classics, despite being held in the Netherlands (the rest are held in Belgium), and is the first of the three Classics trilogy - La Fleche Wallonne and Liege-Bastogne-Liege being the other two.

The Amstel Gold Race is part of the UCI World Tour, meaning it usually draws in some of the top cyclists, and teams, from around the world. 2018 will be the 53rd edition of the race and will feature, as in previous years, the general characteristics of an Ardennes Classic: sharp climbs, quick twists, tricky turns and narrow roads.

The 2018 route

This year, the 240 km route will begin at the Market in Maastricht. The peloton will then ride three long loops through the South Limburg hills (which will see them tackle three climbs of the tough Cauberg), with the final loop including ascents of the Geulhemmerberg and Bemelerberg.

Following the ascent of the Geulhemmerberg on the final loop, the peloton will head towards Amby, before crossing the Rasberg and climbing the Bemelerberg. The cyclists will then head to Terblijt before entering the final few km for the finish.

This route varies from 2017 as the race organisers attempt to make the race more competitive. Race Director, Leo van Vliet, says about the change: ‘we are looking for the narrower roads on what will make the control of the peloton more difficult.’

Given it’s ranking on the UCI World Tour, it’s expected that a strong line up will include most of the top World Tour teams and a few wildcard riders.

The race for the title

The 2017 edition of the Amstel Gold Race was won by Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors), who beat Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky) in a sprint for the line. Rounding off the podium was Michael Albasini. Belgian rider, Gilbert, has had huge success in recent years at the Amstel Gold Race. Not only the current holder, he’s won the race four times, in 2014, 2011 and 2010.

A strong peloton including 2016 winner Michal Kwiatkowski (Team Sky), Greg Van Avermaet (BMC Racing), Peter Sagan (BORA - hansgrohe), Michael Matthews (Team Sunweb), Oliver Naesen (AG2R La Mondiale), Sep Vanmarcke (Team EF Education First-Drapac p/b Cannondale), Mikel Landa (Movistar) and Ben Swift (UAE-Team Emirates) are expected to challenge.

The race is often won by whichever rider climbs up the famous Cauberg climb the fastest. However, as last year proved, if a small group can break away from the Peloton it could be a sprint finish for the line.