The 2020 Amstel Gold Race has been cancelled after the introduction of more Covid-19 restrictions in the Netherlands.

Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte has advised against non-essential travel between major Dutch cities Amsterdam, Rotterdam and The Hague. In addition large gatherings have been banned. The moves were taken after a recent spike in coronavirus infections in the country.

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Those restrictions led day two of the BinckBank Tour, due to take place in Vlissingen, to be cancelled by race organisers, and Amstel Gold has also been called off, with race director Leo van Vliet announcing the decision on Wednesday afternoon.

The Dutch time trial championships, scheduled for October 7 were abandoned on Tuesday.

The first Amstel Gold race was held in 1966 and there has been an event every year since inception. The 2019 edition was won by Mathieu van der Poel for Corendon-Circus.

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