Flanders Classics to organise Amstel Gold Race from 2025
Flanders Classics will be in charge of the Dutch cycling classic Amstel Gold Race from 2025. This has been agreed with race director and organiser Leo van Vliet, who has been in charge of the race for almost three decades.
"This is a significant step for us," says Tomas Van Den Spiegel, CEO of Flanders Classics. "With the Amstel Gold Race, we continue to expand our international adventure. Leo van Vliet has an incredible track record, and we are very proud to be able to build on his success. Of course, we will maintain the uniqueness of this race and ensure the typical character of the Amstel Gold Race."
When the first Amstel Gold Race is organised by Flanders Classics in 2025, van Vliet will still be involved. In 2026, after almost 30 years, he will retire. "I am incredibly proud of our development in these three decades," he said. "We have moved the start to Maastricht, the finish to Valkenburg, there have been changes to the course and the addition of a women's edition."
The Amstel Gold Race has been held every spring in the Limburg hills since 1966. The name comes from its main sponsor, the beer brand Amstel, which also launched Amstel Gold at the time. The one-day classic has been part of the Cycling World Cup since 1989.
Flanders Classics, which will own the race from 2025, already organises several spring classics including Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, Dwars door Vlaanderen, Gent-Wevelgem, the Tour of Flanders, Scheldeprijs and De Brabantse Pijl.
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