Amstel Gold Race - Mathieu van der Poel: No idea how I did this
Apr 22 2019 03:59 am CET

Amstel Gold Race - Mathieu van der Poel: No idea how I did this
Amstel Gold Race - Mathieu van der Poel: No idea how I did this
Photo by ASO/Karenn EDWARDS

Mathieu van der Poel has taken an impressive victory at the Amstel Gold Race. The Dutch national champion not only led the chase on the front men but still had enough strength in his legs to sprint for the victory.

One moment, Van der Poel was more than one minute behind the front duo of Julian Alaphilippe and Jakob Fuglsang, and the next he led the chase and sprinted to take his sixth victory of the season, his fourth in a one-day race. "Only in the last 3000 metres I saw that I could win," he said to Belgian tv channel VTM. "I really didn't expect that I would succeed and take the win.

"I tried to anticipate in the Gulperberg but then I couldn't follow in the Kruisberg. Then I felt that I still had something in my legs and I started to ride at full force again. I did that purely on instinct. I hoped that the big names in the front would start looking at each other and that we could still connect like that. I still don't understand it. No idea how I did this."

Van der Poel and his group caught the front men in the last kilometres and then the rider launched a sprint that nobody could equal. "Unbelievable what happened today," he explained. "Nobody in the chasing group thought about winning.

"We were one minute behind the front men. Just before the Bemelerberg, I went away and then a group joined me. We picked all the other riders one by one. I was the one only one that wanted to sprint for the victory and the one that still dared to lose. That has been rewarded with the victory."



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