Van der Poel wins his second scepter in Flanders

MADRID, 3 Apr. (EUROPE PRESS) –

The Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) has conquered this Sunday his second Tour of Flanders after reigning in the 106th edition of the test, after 272.5 kilometers between Antwerp and Oudenaarde (Belgium) in which he beat hand to hand hand with the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (UAE Emirates), who gave in in the last meters and was left off the podium.

In this way, the grandson of the legendary Raymond Poulidor was crowned in the classic of the classics to make up for second place last year and take over from the Danish Kasper Asgreen (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team), in turn successor to the throne. of the Dutch test, winner for the first time in 2020.

Without the Belgian Wout Van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), positive for coronavirus, on the starting line of the ‘Queen of Spring’, the runners set out to conquer the demanding route of 18 ‘walls’ and seven cobbled sections that characterize to the second ‘monument’ of the year.

A breakaway of a dozen runners soon formed, and the group was broken with just under 100 kilometers to go. It was on the Oude Kwaremont climb that Pogacar tried to deal a fatal blow to the event, leaving the peloton behind to try to hunt down the breakaways, Briton Fred Wright (Bahrain Victorious) and Dutchman Dylan van Baarle (INEOS Grenadiers).

Only Van der Poel and the Frenchman Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ) responded to the Tour de France winner’s attack, forming a quintet that was definitively broken on the last ascent of Oude Kwaremont, at which point Pogacar left with Van der Poel to his wheel.

He tried to leave him behind at the Paterberg, but the Dutchman resisted. The tension and the fight kept them so busy that they did not notice that both Dylan Van Baarle and Valentin Madouas were coming from behind, and managed to catch them with a hundred meters to go. Van der Poel escaped, but Pogacar was left on the podium, fourth, in his debut in the classic of the classics.

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