In the Netherlands, strict corona measures are currently in force. This week it was already not allowed to race in the BinckBank Tour stage race, in 10 days the Amstel Gold Race may also not take place.
The organization has received the bad news after consultation with the Dutch authorities. They do not consider it safe to drive the race at the moment.
Race director Leo van Vliet had argued that hardly any or even no public should be allowed, but that did not help. There will be no racing in Dutch Limburg on Saturday 10 October.
Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel will therefore have to wait another year to defend his title in the cycling classic. Last year he won the race after a powerful remonte.
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“The past months have been very intensive,” explains race director Leo van Vliet on the organization’s website. “The corona pandemic makes the organization of the Amstel Gold Race very complex.”
“We worked for a long time on a” Coronaproof Amstel Gold Race “, in which we were able to keep the course intact. In recent weeks it became increasingly clear that a course through South Limburg, with passes in 10 municipalities, was unfeasible.”
“For that reason we have worked carefully on a new plan with a smaller course of 16.9 kilometers. The course and the area around the course would be hermetically sealed to the public to prevent crowds and to guarantee a 1.5 meter distance. “
“On Monday we were fully prepared to announce this to the world, but the new measures announced by the cabinet later that evening meant that the plans had to be revised again.”
“With the condition” no public “this was an almost impossible task. From Tuesday morning we consulted with representatives of the Safety Region and the municipalities. In their final assessment, the mayors established the impossibility of the guarantee of no public.”
“Of course we cannot help but respect this assessment, no matter how much we regret it. Of course it does not prevent us from returning next year with a fantastic course.”
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