Van der Poel: "I struggled with it"


the dutch Mathieu Van der Poel (Alpecin Fenix)almost unbelievable in Oudenaarde’s intent that he won his second touring the flandersafter a difficult start to the season due to injuries and a career where the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar put him to the limit.

“At the beginning of the year I wasn’t sure I was going to get to the classics, so winning the Tour of Flanders again was an incredible thing,” Van der Poel said at the end.

Van der Poel admitted to having experienced extreme hardship in the face of the Pogacar attacks, mainly at Old Quartet and at Paterberg.

“In Kwaremont and Paterberg I was only concerned with following the Pogacar wheel. He was especially strong on those walls, especially in Paterberg, where I went through a borderline situation,” the King of Flanders admitted. .

Once the difficulties of the final heights of the day were overcome, Van der Poel planned a sprint, which he finally won.

“After Paterberg, I had a few kilometers to get my feet back a bit and I was able to prepare for the sprint. Eventually it became difficult when the other breakaway riders came, but I got a very special victory. “It’s incredible. I’ve worked hard for it”, he concluded.

Source: La Verdad


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