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By VeloNews Interactive, Copyright AFP2001
Organizers of the classic Amstel Gold Race have been forced to alter the event’s course due to fears of foot-and-mouth disease, the Dutch news agency said Tuesday.
New sections had to be added as roads along the border between Belgium and the Netherlands have been closed. In particular, the Pietersberg climb, the final difficulty in the race, has been eliminated as the road is closed to traffic.
All bicycles and accompanying vehicles will be disinfected before the race gets underway in Maastricht on April 28. The Amstel is the fifth event in the UCI World Cup and one of the year’s sporting highlights in the Netherlands and Belgium.