Mathieu van der Poel takes heart from third place in Gran Piemonte

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The first podium place in a road race in 2020 is a fact for Mathieu van der Poel. The Alpecin-Fenix ​​banner finished third in the Gran Piemonte. According to him a sign that things are going in the right direction, even if it was at the limit of prices.

The most defining moment of the race came on the penultimate climb. “I knew that that slope was going to be crucial. It was, because the winner took off.” So Bennett. “When he went, I was at my limit and immediately chose my own pace. I got closer after that. But I quickly realized that it would be a sprint for second place”, says Van der Poel in HLN.

Glad to be on stage again

After Ulissi also took another jump, it became a sprint for third place. One that Van der Poel won with ease. Although it hurt anyway. “I felt that I had to go deep on the climb before it. Good now, glad to be on the podium again. It wasn’t bad. And certainly not as dramatic as it was presented in recent days.”

Van der Poel is convinced that he is making steady progress and is on his way to his best form. “I still lack the super feeling, but it is going in the right direction.”

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