Mathieu van der Poel after demonstration: “This was even harder than Amstel Gold Race” | BinckBank Tour

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Mathieu van der Poel has put the finishing touches in the 5th and last stage. With a monster attack in the old final of the Tour of Flanders, he still took the overall victory in the stage race.

“It is incredible that I still win the BinckBank Tour”, he responds. “This stage race was also not in preparation for my program. I had started for the win, but after yesterday’s time trial I didn’t expect that anymore.”

And so Van der Poel put on a solid solo. “However, that was not the plan”, the Alpecin-Fenix ​​leader surprised. “It was way too early too.”

“After the crossing with Sénéchal I felt that the group was not turning around. That’s why I decided to continue on the next climb. I told Sénéchal that too.”

“And suddenly I was alone. For a moment I hesitated, because it was still a long way to the finish, but in the end I played all or nothing.”

Just like last year in the Amstel, Van der Poel performed a spectacle. “Here I suffered even harder”, he says. “On the climbs I became completely acidic. It was important to keep my wattages, but that was very difficult. This has to be one of my best performances.”

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During the final, his team Alpecin-Fenix ​​announced that Mathieu van der Poel will also start tomorrow from Liège-Bastogne-Liège.

“That was the plan, yes. We’ll see, because I went very deep here,” he laughs. “It will be an experience anyway.”

Where Van der Poel will also start soon, is Gent-Wevelgem (Sunday 11 October). After the cancellation of the Amstel Gold Race, he added the semi-classic to his program.





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