Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2015

The VSP must wearily pack its bags in Northern France and head over to the Netherlands. Hung over, you bet. After the Ronde and Paris-Roubaix, everyone is a little beat up. Those cobbles can wear a person down.

For those riders who can kill the short steep Limburg climbs, this is the beginning of their Spring Classics season. The profile of this race looks like a Japanese handsaw: if you are not going up, you are going down. This is the 50th edition of Amstel Gold and despite the race being named for a not entirely interesting beer, a lot of riders are keen for this.

Perhaps I point this out every year but a look at past winners of Amstel Gold makes it look like a race for the Pot Belge users of the peloton. Crank up every hill at maximum power and after thirty-something of them, gaps open up. When Stephan Schumacher won it in 2007 that should have been a tip off. Didn’t Lance do well in this race? Oh well, let’s not go down that rabbit hole.

Everyone knows the VSP deal: free entry and great prizes. No one has a commanding lead so everything is still up for the taking and bragging.

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160 Replies to “Velominati Super Prestige: Amstel Gold 2015”

  1. VSP PICKS:

    1. Joaquim Rodriguez
    2. Michael Mathews
    3. Michal Kwiatkowski
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Daniel Moreno
  2. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michał Kwiatkowski
    2. Philippe Gilbert
    3. Michael Matthews
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Joaquim Rodriguez
  3. Always a first time, but never been a Spanish winner…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Valverde
    3. Mathews
    4. Kwiatkowski
    5. Martin
  4. Although Sagandouche might feature as the nearly man once again

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Philippe Giblets
    2. Malmerde
    3. Michael Matthews
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. J-Rod
  5. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Michal Kwiatkowski
    3. Philippe Gilbert
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Bauke Mollema
  6. Much more fun picking the big guys for the earlier spring classics vs Ardennes. I have much more affinity for the pave’ contenders. Oh well, I’ll just toss up a bunch o’ favorites to win according to the press. Good luck all…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. MATTHEWS Michael
    2. GILBERT Philippe
    3. VALVERDE Alejandro
    4. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    5. DUMOULIN Tom
  7. And for what it is worth… Amstel might not be a particularly interesting beer but I have to admit to being a fan. I believe is probably one of the lower alcohol content beers regularly available. As such, I frequently order one up when at a bar prior to a business dinner or such occasion that warrants a good beer but also staying relatively sober. It’s not a bad beer. Maybe call it refreshing. Whatev… cheers

  8. Ane we’re off…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Gilbert
    3. Valverde
    4. Dan Martin
    5. Tom Dumoulin
  9. How is it possible to climb 4000m in the Netherlands?

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Gilbert
    3. Dan Martin
    4. Gerrans
    5. Dumoulin
  10. VSP PICKS:

    1. GILBERT Philippe
    2. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    3. MATTHEWS Michael
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Joaquim Rodriguez
  11. VSP PICKS:

    1. Michael Matthews
    2. Michal Kiwatowski
    3. Phillip Gilbert
    4. Alejandro Valverde
    5. Tony Gallopin
  12. Names on a wall, throw some darts…

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Matthews
    2. Kwiatkowski
    3. Gilbert
    4. Alejandro F**king Valverde
    5. Kennaugh
  13. VSP PICKS:

    1. Alejandro Valverde
    2. Philip Gilbert
    3. Tom Dumoulin
    4. Bauke Mollema
    5. Tony Gallopin
  14. @Tiglio

    @wilburrox

    We have a saying in our family – ‘There is no such thing as a bad beer, merely some are better than others…’

    OK, maybe I was a little hard on Amstel. I have certainly consumed my fair share at a sunny Dutch train station, with no complaints what so ever. I am also a bad beer snob and beers like Stella Artois and Amstel all melt together as beers I only drink when I can’t find something more snobby to drink at a bar.

  15. VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. MATTHEWS MIchael
    3. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    4. GILBERT Philippe
    5. KREUZIGER Roman
  16. VSP PICKS:

    1. Philppe Gilbert
    2. Michal Kwaitkowski
    3. Michael Mathews
    4. Joaquim Rodriguez
    5. Rui Costa
  17. @Geraint

    VSP PICKS:

    1. KWIATKOWSKI Michal
    2. MATTHEWS MIchael
    3. VALVERDE BELMONTE Alejandro
    4. GILBERT Philippe
    5. KREUZIGER Roman

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Gilbert
    2. Matthews
    3. Kwiatkowski
  18. Is Sagan riding? Not the leader for Tinkoff anyway.

    VSP PICKS:

    1. Kwiatkowski
    2. Valverde
    3. Gilbert
    4. Matthews
    5. Dan Martin
  19. VSP PICKS:

    1. Phil Gilbert
    2. Jelle Vandendert
    3. Alejandro Valverde
    4. Michal Kwiatkowski
    5. Dan Martin
  20. VSP PICKS:

    1. Phil Gilbert
    2. Michael mathews
    3. Alejandro valverde
    4. Jelle Vanendert
    5. Tony Gallopin
  21. VSP PICKS:

    1. P. Gilbert
    2. A. Valverde
    3. M. Matthews
    4. M. Kwiatkowski
    5. J. Rodriguez
  22. VSP PICKS:

    1. T Dumoulin
    2. P Gilbert
    3. M Matthews
    4. M Kwiatkowski
    5. J Vanendert

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