Mathieu van der Poel remains positive despite 13th place in …


Mathieu van der Poel – unlike colleague Wout van Aert – could not really get noticed during the new cycling season. The Dutchman has to be satisfied with a 15th place in the Strade Bianche and a 13th place in Milan-Sanremo. Yet the cyclocross world champion does not doubt himself or the team. “As a team, we drove the perfect race up to the Poggio.”

“I really enjoyed my first Milan-Sanremo. It is without a doubt a great match. The goal was to run from ahead of the Poggio, and they succeeded. I think that we as a team rode the perfect race up to the Poggio ”, explains Van der Poel.

“The two best (Wout van Aert and Julian Alaphilippe) were at the front, I expected that everything would come together for the sprint as the backlog at the top of the Poggio was small and there were still some strong names in the chasing group. In the sprint for third place I then got a bit trapped. Although it was not the hoped-for result, I still have the feeling that it is on the rise. Now on Wednesday I ride the Gran Piemonte. Despite the fact that I have not yet looked at the course extensively, I hope to play at the front. ”

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