Mathieu van der Poel claims victory of Brabantse Pijl
Apr 18 2019 03:07 am CET

Mathieu van der Poel claims victory of Brabantse Pijl
Mathieu van der Poel claims victory of Brabantse Pijl
Photo by ASO/Thomas MAHEUX

Corendon-Circus' Mathieu van der Poel has claimed the victory at the Brabantse Pijl. The Dutch rider outsprinted Julian Alaphilippe and Tim Wellens to the finish line.

The race was 196.2 kilometres long between Leuven and Overijse and features 31 climbs, which had the potential of making it a challenging competition. The escape of the day was formed by seven riders and included names like Dries De Bondt, Arjen Livyns and Edward Planckaert, among others.

At around 30 kilometres from the finish, the escapees were caught and almost right away several attacks started happening. A group of favourites, that included Van der Poel, Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-Quick-Step), Daryl Impey (Mitchelton-Scott), Tim Wellens (Lotto Soudal) and Michael Matthews (Sunweb), managed to break free and it was soon clear that the winner was going to be one of them.

Impey was the first to try a move and he managed to create a gap of around 20 seconds with the rest, but he was eventually caught and dropped by the others. Van der Poel was the first to launch the sprint and no one could match his pace.

The Dutchman crossed the finish line ahead of Alaphilippe, Wellens and Matthews. Van der Poel already won Dwars door Vlaanderen and finished in the fourth position of Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders.




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