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Ready for the Gold Race

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Mathieu van der Poel put Julian Alaphilippe to look at his favourite terrain

Ready for the Gold Race

Mathieu van der Poel is a phenomenon. Cycling is for the Dutch champion is synonymous with winning. Whether the cross or the way it is. Or the opponent Wout van Aert is or Julian Alaphilippe: it makes him all nothing. So bomb yourself to the big favourite for the Amstel Gold Race.

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Mathieu van der Poel sprint to win: “If I finish, can smell, can usually. I apparently have a nose for the finish.’ gmax agency

Mathieu van der Poel put Julian Alaphilippe to look at his favourite terrain

Ready for the Gold Race

Mathieu van der Poel is a phenomenon. Cycling is for the Dutch champion is synonymous with winning. Whether the cross or the way it is. Or the opponent Wout van Aert is or Julian Alaphilippe: it makes him all nothing. So bomb yourself to the big favourite for the Amstel Gold Race.

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OverijseNa a heavy and successful winter drove the double world champion cyclo-cross this spring, five eendagskoersen. Three of them he has won. In Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders, he was fourth. Denain was a punishment, right through to Waregem was better, but the Brabant Arrow was the strafst. “This is the most beautiful so far. It was also the price which best suits my profile and paste. I already knew from when I was a newcomer, and junior was that the Schavei good to me lag. But the rest of the course was more difficult than I had thought. At the moment I am in that elite group was, was my course already passed. If you win, then it is totally the icing on the cake. Though it was no piece of cake. I am completely exhausted. I do not lie, though. I have huge apart on the cobblestones in the Hertstraat, when Alaphilippe and Wellens pulled away in the drain. I was a little embedded, and had come from far away. That effort was similar to the last time the Kemmelberg in Gent-Wevelgem.’

‘Once or twice I had to Alaphilippe recovery. I was really on the limit. If you still do that price wins, it’s the icing on the cake. Even though I had only been in the last straight line control. When I from the head of the group on, I was very confident. I was not afraid to stop and fall.”

Course knowledge

Patrick Lefevere, he signed up Deceuninck-Quick Step, after Overijse crystal clear: Van der Poel is the favorite for the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. “That is good to hear, but I don’t know if it is true, use replication, the grandson of Raymond Poulidor. “I put for myself the bar very high. I hope that I will be there in the front when sitting to deep in the finals. But then of course you have that Keutenberg, and so on. That are already real climbing. That is something else than a Paterberg on cobblestones.’

‘Mathieu and maybe favorite? The Gold Race is still something else. The Valverdes and the riders from the Basque country,’
Christoph Roodhooft
He signed up Van der Poel

Christoph Roodhooft

He signed up Van der Poel

“I hope that I can just flash and runs in the decisive moments. I have never gekoerst against those names. It is not because you are the Brabantse pijl win the Amstel Gold Race takes. That is just the same as Dwars door Vlaanderen compare with the Tour of Flanders. That doesn’t make sense. The Amstel is a very specific race. Very narrow everywhere. Fairly hectic. Which I guess still much more difficult than in the Brabant Arrow. There are people in the Amstel river with much more experience. But the condition is good and I look forward to it. All there is now is added, is surplus.’

Van der Poels he signed up Christoph Roodhooft refused so far to engage in the prediction of Patrick Lefevere. “I think this is yet something else. The Valverdes and the riders from the Basque country too. Astana and co. He will need to anticipate. But Mathieu is obviously a schaduwfavoriet. If he is in this situation that he can sprint, he will be the man to beat. Alaphilippe won Milan-Sanremo, eh. Okay, by that crash in the Basque country, he might not be a hundred percent, but the way Mathieu did: latch on to the wheel sprints as well, from the head. You still have to do.’

Course knowledge is not really the problem for Van der Poel, that tomorrow the terrain explores. “I know the area up there pretty good. When I was a junior was, I have quite a lot in that bungalows of Landal sat on the top of the Cauberg. That was a sponsor of us.”

Not the brightest plan

One thing is clear after his first spring as a pro on the road: with Van der Poel am, you rarely ready. Even though spot he is sometimes with the wielerwetten. As foolish attacks on 60 kilometres of the line, or at the direction of a sprint start against Alaphilippe, Matthews and Wellens. ‘You have no high school have followed to see that Mathieus way of rates is not the most economical or tactically the best plan is, ” says his boss Christoph Roodhooft. ‘But the fun in what he does, more than half of the work. Ever is he with his limits to face. Also Mathieu is not to escape.’

The winner of Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Brabantse pijl, meanwhile, has in the holes that are on the road to win as much as aparter than in the field. He places Sunday, when his final show this spring, the high point?

Results: 1. Mathieu VAN DER POEL (Ned/Corendon – Circus) 196.2 km in 4u35’11” (avg.: 42.779 km/h); 2. Julian Alaphilippe (Fra); 3. Tim Wellens; 4. Michael Matthews (Aus); 5. Bjorg Lambrecht 11”; 6. Alberto Bettiol (Ita), 12”; 7. Enrico Gasparotto (Ita); 8. Alexander Kamp Egested (Den); 9. Pieter Serry; 10. Maurits Lammertink (Ned); 11. Justin Jules (Fra) 18”; 12. Quentin Pacher (Fra); 13. Dimitri Peyskens; 14. Kristian Sbaragli (Ita); 15. Roman Kreuziger (Ch); 16. Nicky van der Lijke (Ned); 17. Thomas Sprengers; 18. Ben Hermans; 19. Patrick Müller (Sui); 20. Odd Christian Eiking (Nor)

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