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Mathieu van der Poel after unlikely triumph in the Amstel Gold Race: “Can’t contain”

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Mathieu van der Poel (Circus-Corendon) remains the cycling world surprise. In fifteen race days will be oddly, he won his sixth race, with the Amstel Gold Race. “I had not expected more.”

Van der Poel attacked on the Geulhemmerberg, but had to then adjust the Pasture when Jacob Fuglsang and Julian Alaphilippe permeated. Its course seemed to sit, the best ones were apparently paramount. Until that crazy final kilometres. “This, I had no more expected”, he said. “Three hundred meters from the finish I was not even among the leaders. I had after that attack, a good feeling, even though I could on the Pasture not aanpikken when I had to try to anticipate the Geulhemmerberg. I felt that there was still something in the legs was.”

That’s the least of what he could say: he drove the hole with the front runners close, then everyone and everything from the wheel to sprint. “I just went full on in the hope that they front what each other would look. After all, the big names. I still can’t comprehend. No idea how all this victory possible.” As the finish comes into view, it seems MVDP gradually invincible. “I look over myself to rise in the final meters. In who classics, it was difficult for everyone. Where this ends? No idea, but I want to full enjoy it.”

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