Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Amstel Gold Race | Lotte Kopecky against Elisa Longo Borghini, Demi Vollering and Marianne Vos on the Cauberg – Preview

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While de Cauberg has no longer been the executioner of the most important Dutch cycling classic for men since 2017, this is still the case for women. There are a total of 21 slopes on the menu, five of which are the Cauberg.

As the crow flies, the starting point of Maastricht and the finishing point of Berg en Terblijt are less than ten kilometers apart. However, the organization of the Gold Race has managed to also design a course of almost 160 kilometers for the ladies.

The passage over the Kruisberg, Eyserbosweg, Fromberg and Keutenberg, which is often so important in the men’s race, starts at a hundred kilometers from the finish for the ladies. After a first crossing of the line, four more local rounds follow with the Geulhemmerberg and the almost insignificant Bemelerberg. The top of the last Cauberg is more than two kilometers from the finish line.

These are the slopes of the Amstel Gold Race Ladies Edition

1. Maasberg – top 145 km from the finish
2. Adsteeg – top 125 km from the finish
3. Bergseweg – top 109 km from the finish
4. Korenweg – top 106 km from the finish
5. Kruisberg – top 96 km from the finish
6. Eyserbosweg – top 94 km from the finish
7. Fromberg – summit 89 km from the finish
8. Keutenberg – top 85 km from the finish
9. Cauberg – top 75 km from the finish
10. Geulhemmerberg – top 71 km from the finish
11. Bemelerberg – top 61 km from the finish
12. Cauberg – top 57 km from the finish
13. Geulhemmerberg – top 53 km from the finish
14. Bemelerberg – top 43 km from the finish
15. Cauberg – top 40 km from the finish
16. Geulhemmerberg – top 35 km from the finish
17. Bemelerberg – top 26 km from the finish
18. Cauberg – top 22 km from the finish
19. Geulhemmerberg – top 17 km from the finish
20. Bemelerberg – top 7 km from the finish
21. Cauberg – top 2.4 km from the finish

Attendees

For men, the Amstel Gold Race is traditionally a meeting of two worlds: riders who end their spring full of cobblestones and let the explosiveness run its course one more time in South Limburg, mixed with the names who mainly need and want to use their climbing legs. let speak.

How different is it for women. There you will see the same top names at the start of all the major classics throughout the spring. Well, last week in Roubaix former winner Elisa Longo Borghini was not there, but judging by the big crash at the start of that race, that may have been the Italian champion’s best choice.

At Team SD Worx-Protime all the big guns are at the start; World champion Lotte Kopecky has never won in the Dutch one-day race, although she had to do her utmost not to triumph last year. She had a large surplus on the Cauberg, but she was keen to ‘give’ the victory to teammate Demi Vollering, who accelerated at the top of the climb and rode to victory. With Lorena Wiebes, the star formation has another contender.

All other teams will have to make do with fewer favorites when it comes to quantity. The only team that may also have more riders who have a chance of winning the glass of Amstel after the finish is Lidl-Trek, because in addition to Longo Borghini, Shirin van Anrooij is an outsider and also the number three of the Tour of Flanders.

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Brabantse Pijl | Longo Borghini relieves Vollering at a decisive moment and solos to victory in Overijse

Favorites

So we’ve just arrived at the favorites. This coming Sunday, especially with this course, they will have to come from a very good background to beat Kopecky. She is the most explosive and often also the fastest, especially after a long race. This became apparent once again last week at the Vélodrome of Roubaix.

The first opposition therefore comes from our own corner, although it must be said that Vollering did not leave a good impression at all earlier this week when she was ridden loose by Longo Borghini in the Brabantse Pijl. That is something that the Italian was not able to do with the Dutch champion in previous years.

We have another big favorite with the Italian tricolor carrier. It seems like she is in the shape of her life, with victories in the Brabantse Pijl and Tour of Flanders and a second place in Strade Bianche.

For the rest, the major competition comes from Marianne Vos. The Dutch from Team Visma | Earlier this year, Lease A Bike showed that she has an explosive set of legs and although she is no longer as flawless as a decade ago, she can still be considered one of the best riders in the peloton.

For the rest, we can also look at the well-known names: Kasia Niewiadoma came second in the Tour of Flanders, Pfeiffer Georgi third in Paris-Roubaix, Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig is always a very explosive rider and with Silvia Persico, UAE Team ADQ (pending of the arrival of Vollering?) also has a good trump card.

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Lotte Kopecky
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Elisa Longo Borghini & Marianne Vos
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Cecilie Uttrup Ludwig, Kasia Niewiadoma & Demi Vollering
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Pfeiffer Georgi, Silvia Persico, Shirin van Anrooij & Lorena Wiebes

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