Sunday 16th April 2017
We haven’t had a women’s Amstel Gold for 14 years, and then it only ran for a few iterations, so having a women’s Amstel Gold Race is an enormous deal, especially for the Dutch riders – and we all know that the Netherlands is the superpower of women’s cycling, so this will be a toughly-fought race.
It’s also the start of the first ever women’s Ardennes week – Amstel on Sunday 16th April, then the only women’s Ardennes race of recent times, Flèche Wallonne, on Wednesday 19th, finishing on Sunday 23rd, with the first ever women’s Liège-Bastogne-Liège. This makes it one of the most important weeks in the cycling calendar, and with major races having run every weekend since the Omloop het Nieuwsblad opened the season on 26th April, it’s been the toughest Classics season in modern women’s cycling. 2017 truly is the year everything’s changed – and in a season where one of the best things has been the increase in televised women’s races, it’s good that we get to see the 40 minutes at least.
It’s going to be a fantastic race, full of climbs – 17 in total, in the 121km route, including 4 times over the legendary Cauberg, the last ascent just 1.1km from the finish-line. It’ll be tough, and beautiful, the course lined with ecstatic Dutch fans hoping one of their countrywomen can win.
So how do we watch?
The race starts at 10:40 European CEST (9:40am UK BST; 4:40am North American EDT; 6:40pm Australian AEST) and the TV stream should start at 13:25 CEST (12:25 BST; 7:25am EDT; 9:25pm AEST) – you can watch on TV in the Netherlands, on NOS Studio Sport, on France 3 in France, on the pay-to-watch Eurosport Player, and on Australian Eurosport from 9:30pm AEST)
If you don’t have access to those channels, we can hope there will be streams. I’ll be looking here, here, here and here, and crossing my fingers – or if you have a VPN, you can watch the NOS Sport stream which will be linked from their website or France 3 on theirs.
The race will finish around 14:10 CEST (1:10pm BST; 8:10am EDT; 10:10pm AEST) – the full timetable is here.
How do we follow until the TV starts?
Of course, that’s only the last 40 minutes we’ll get to see, but luckily we also have twitter. The official race account is @AmstelGoldRace, and it looks like the official hashtag is #AGRwomen. We can also follow on the Women’s WorldTour hashtag #UCIWWT, and as always, I’ll be following on my twitterlist of accounts live-tweeting from the race. I’ll also be commentweeting on my own twitter, @PWCycling.
The women’s race portal is here, including more about the route, the course map and the full racebook. There’s no official startlist yet, but as always, I’m using Cycling Fever’s. You can follow the UCI’s Women’s WorldTour information on their portal.
There are previews on Cyclingnews, on Velorooms and Road & Mud, and team previews from Boels-Dolmans, Canyon-SRAM, ORICA-Scott, Wiggle High5, WM3 Procycling, and I’ll edit in more as I see it. Video previews from Sunweb and Wiggle High5:
Please do share anything fun you see about the race, or more places it’s being shown, in the comments below, or on twitter. I’m be collecting any race videos and other media after the race – big thanks to my wonderful Patreon supporters, who fund me to do this kind of thing. You can join them over here for as little as £/€/$ 2 per month.