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Cav & Amstel Both Back In 2021

Cavendish Is Back, Amstel Gold Returns In 2021 With COVID-Safe Circuit | Ian & Friends

Apr 14, 2021

Michael and Gregor preview the upcoming Amstel Gold Race and talk about how Deceuninck-Quick Step has revived Mark Cavendish.

Amstel Gold was last raced in 2019 and boasted a finish that will go down as one of the most memorable in cycling's history.

Mathieu Van Der Poel swept up riders in a final 10-kilometer rampage to the finish, eventually leading out the sprint and winning. Kasia Niewiadoma won a similarly thrilling women's edition by outrunning Annemiek Van Vleuten after attacking on the Cauberg.

In 2021 Amstel Gold returns, but will not feature its typical winding course through the Dutch countryside. Instead, the race will be contained on a 17-kilometer long circuit featuring three major climbs.

Wout Van Aert and Primoz Roglic are heavy favorites for the men's race this year, but keep an eye out for Tom Pidcock.

Michael and Gregor then talk about the news, namely Mark Cavendish winning multiple stages in the Tour of Turkey. The victories end a three year drought for the sprinting legend, and is similar to what Patrick Lefevere was able to do with Philippe Gilbert. Rumors are that Peter Sagan may be eyeing Patrick Lefevere's former world champion rehabilitation program" in 2022.