A fourteenth World Tour race canceled this season! The Amstel Gold Race has been added to the long list of cycling events that could not be held due to the coronavirus pandemic, as the organizers announced this Wednesday afternoon. The Dutch event, scheduled for April 19 and then postponed to October 10, will ultimately not take place. The reason ? The new health measures put in place in the Netherlands in an attempt to stop the circulation of the virus, which has affected 118,000 people and killed 6,400 in the country. “The three municipalities concerned (Eijsden-Margraten, Maastricht and Valkenburg aan de Geul) and the South Limburg Security Council have concluded that it is not possible to organize the race within the framework of the new national measures, according to which no public can be present at sporting events, ”the organization wrote in a statement.
Liège-Bastogne-Liège, last Ardennes classic on the program
Mathieu van der Poel, winner in 2019, will therefore have no successor this year. The Walloon Flèche having taken place this Wednesday (with the victory of Marc Hirschi), there is therefore only Liège-Bastogne-Liège, this Sunday, as an Ardennes classic. As the race takes place in Belgium, where health measures are less drastic than in the Netherlands, it should take place, with in particular Julian Alaphilippe who will release his jersey of world champion. Remember that this Wednesday, the second stage of the BinckBank Tour, which was to take place in the Netherlands, had also been canceled.