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Mathieu van der Poel qualifies for Olympics after second-place world Cup Albstadt

1e6fe90ca3622c27cd16909419e9755f - Mathieu van der Poel qualifies for Olympics after second-place world Cup Albstadt

Mathieu van der Poel will, barring injuries, next year at the Olympic Games in Tokyo to admire. The world champion cyclo-cross and winner of the Amstel Gold Race was the cross country in the German Albstadt handsome second. That is enough for an olympic ticket: for that, had to VDP in the top six finish. Mathias Flückiger won the race Van der Poel and Jordan Sarrou. Van der Poel is now also a leader in the world Cup.

World champion Nino Schurter knock, that was an important goal for Mathieu van der Poel in Germany. Because of the considerable rain had found the Dutchman in addition, a trail and circumstances in which he greatly loved. It soon became clear, however, that the great danger is not from Schurter would come, but of a different Swiss. Mathias Flückiger gave an excellent impression and reed only way.

On Flückiger was not a measure, that much was clear. But the Frenchman Jordan Sarrou wanted is not going to be won. He seemed to be the main challenger to Flückiger, but little by little he had time to themselves. At the start of the final lap followed Sarrou on a half a minute, while Van der Poel a dozen seconds later lay. Behind the top three was world champion Schurter in a five-member group get hooked up.

In the final lap fell nothing more to Flückiger to do, but Mathieu van der Poel was still not quite ready. He drove the hole to Sarrou steadily close and had to VDP the Frenchman to deal with. In the last few meters made Van der Poel the difference. The second place and the olympic ticket inside, just as the sweater of Wereldbekerleider. Nino Schurter was finally only sixth over the finish line.