Strade Bianche - Mathieu van der Poel: This is an iconic race and I really wanted to win it
Mar 07 2021 05:50 am CET

Strade Bianche - Mathieu van der Poel: This is an iconic race and I really wanted to win it
Strade Bianche - Mathieu van der Poel: This is an iconic race and I really wanted to win it
Photo of Mathieu van der Poel (c)Alpecin-Fenix

Alpecin-Fenix's Mathieu van der Poel has shown once again his strengths in the crucial moments at Strade Bianche, with a last kilometre attack that left his competitors behind.

The Dutch national champion was part of the front group during the last part of the race and launched an attack with 12 kilometres to go and took Julian Alaphilippe and Egan Bernal with him. But the rider didn't give up and after several attempts to escape, he managed to ride away in the last kilometre and take the victory of the race.

"This is an iconic race and I really wanted to win it," said Van der Poel. "I think Strade Bianche is one of the most difficult races to win because there are so many good riders, including strong climbers like [Tadej] Pogacar and [Egan] Bernal. It does not happen often to find so many champions, including GC riders, fighting for the victory of a one-day race. Today I rode with confidence, I felt pretty good, and tried to save some energy for the finale and wait for the right moment. I knew there were some hard sections to come.

"As a team, today we showed how good we are. I have lots of confidence in my teammates; I trust that they are able to bring me to the right place in the key moments of the race. Next week I’ll be at Tirreno-Adriatico; I might try to go for the stages while I’ll try to get in the best shape for Milano-Sanremo."


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