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Van der Poel claims maiden WorldTour win at Dwars door Vlaanderen

Proving his potential on the road, cyclocross champion Matheiu van der Poel sprints to victory in Dwars door Vlaanderen after animating the race.

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The reigning world cyclocross champion Mathieu van der Poel added another trophy to his mantle Wednesday, winning Dwars door Vlaanderen in a sprint finish.

The 24-year-old Corendon-Circus rider took his first WorldTour win ahead of Anthony Turgis (Direct Energie) in Waregem, Belgium after 183 kilometers of racing. Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) finished third out of the lead group of five riders.

With about 60 kilometers to go, race organizers momentarily stopped the peloton because it came up to the back of the women’s peloton where a crash required medical attention.

This resulted in some chaos, and it compelled riders to go on the attack as soon as the race was restarted.

“Before the key moment, we were stopped and there was a bit of panic in the bunch,” said Jungels. “In the end, we decided to go try something and split up the group. We knew riders like Mathieu [van der Poel] were at front.”

Van der Poel went off the front of the peloton with about 48 kilometers to go and Jungels bridged up soon thereafter.

“It wasn’t the moment to wait, so we bridged across with Tiesj [Benoot],” Jungels added.

Coming into the final 30 kilometers, Nelson Olivera (Movistar) was still off the front with Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe). The four-man group containing van der Poel and Jungels was not far behind.

After Olivera had spent so much time off the front, riding in the day’s early breakaway as well, misfortune ended his chances at racing for a win. He suffered what appeared to be a flat tire, requiring a spare wheel from the neural service motorcycle. He dropped back to the peloton, which was less than a minute behind.

The remaining chasers caught Postlberger — the Austrian champion made it a group of five, along with the Dutch and Luxembourg champions, van der Poel and Jungels, respectively.

The five riders cooperated well into the final 10 kilometers, holding their advantage at a little less than one minute over the peloton.

Van der Poel and Jungels tried to break apart the group with 10 kilometers to go on the final cobbled hill, but their race was destined to come down to a small bunch sprint.

“The final was — I don’t want to say too easy for me — but I think there was not really a moment where I could have made a big difference,” Jungels added.

Benoot tried to attack the break in the final kilometer, but Jungels was quick to mark his move.

“When I launched my attack, I was surprised that it was Jungels who caught me back,” Benoot said. “I speculated that van der Poel would have to take the initiative.”

He was forced to lead out the sprint into the final right-hand corner. Van der Poel sat on his right shoulder into the final 400 meters.

“It was a mistake to come out first from that last cobblestone sector,” Jungels added, referring to a short, flat sector at about five kilometers to go. “I had to attack from the front, which was not ideal.”

Turgis, who was nearly dropped when the attacks were flying with 10 kilometers to go, came sprinting up the right barriers with the element of surprise on his side, the finish in sight. Van der Poel, however, had the strongest legs for the sprint and accelerated into the Frenchman’s slipstream before kicking past to victory.

Asked if he saw this result as an indicator of his potential at Tour of Flanders on Sunday, van der Poel demurred.

“I don’t know, I don’t really see myself as a favorite yet,” he said. “This is a 180k race and Flanders is a lot longer so we’ll see how it goes.”

Jungels, on the other hand, said that the 250-kilometer race through the Flemish countryside on Sunday would suit him better, as he prefers longer races. He already has a one-day WorldTour win to his credit this season, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, which he claimed with an emphatic solo attack.

Dwars door Vlaanderen - A travers la Flandre ME Results

1VAN DER POEL MathieuCorendon - Circus4:05:54
2TURGIS AnthonyDirect Energie0:00
3JUNGELS BobDeceuninck - Quick Step0:00
4PÖSTLBERGER LukasBORA - hansgrohe0:00
5BENOOT TiesjLotto Soudal0:00
6ROWE LukeTeam Sky0:18
7VAN POPPEL DannyTeam Jumbo-Visma0:19
8LAMPAERT YvesDeceuninck - Quick Step0:19
9LAPORTE ChristopheCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:19
10HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain Merida0:19
11KEUKELEIRE JensLotto Soudal0:19
12KRISTOFF AlexanderUAE Team Emirates0:19
13PETIT AdrienDirect Energie0:19
14STUYVEN JasperTrek - Segafredo0:19
15MOHORIČ MatejBahrain Merida0:19
16GARCÍA CORTINA IvánBahrain Merida0:19
17BALLERINI DavideAstana Pro Team0:19
18TEUNISSEN MikeTeam Jumbo-Visma0:19
19NAESEN OliverAG2R La Mondiale0:19
20ROELANDTS JürgenMovistar Team0:19
21POLITT NilsTeam Katusha Alpecin0:19
22GAVIRIA FernandoUAE Team Emirates0:19
23VAN GENECHTEN JonasVital Concept - B&B Hotels0:19
24BOL CeesTeam Sunweb0:19
25BAUER JackMitchelton-Scott0:19
26VLIEGEN LoïcWanty - Gobert Cycling Team0:19
27SÜTTERLIN JashaMovistar Team0:19
28CALMEJANE LilianDirect Energie0:24
29VALGREN MichaelTeam Dimension Data0:24
30SÉNÉCHAL FlorianDeceuninck - Quick Step0:24
31VALVERDE AlejandroMovistar Team0:24
32NOPPE ChristopheSport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:24
33TRATNIK JanBahrain Merida0:24
34VAN HOECKE GijsCCC Team0:24
35COQUARD BryanVital Concept - B&B Hotels0:24
36BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTeam Dimension Data0:24
37MODOLO SachaEF Education First0:24
38DECLERCQ BenjaminSport Vlaanderen - Baloise0:24
39VAN HOOYDONCK NathanCCC Team0:27
40BACKAERT FrederikWanty - Gobert Cycling Team0:27
41VERGAERDE OttoCorendon - Circus0:31
42KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ0:31
43VANBILSEN KennethCofidis, Solutions Crédits0:31
44MEURISSE XandroWanty - Gobert Cycling Team0:31
45JANSEN Amund GrøndahlTeam Jumbo-Visma0:31
46DOULL OwainTeam Sky0:31
47KNEES ChristianTeam Sky0:31
48ERVITI ImanolMovistar Team0:31
49JANSE VAN RENSBURG ReinardtTeam Dimension Data0:31
50BOECKMANS KrisVital Concept - B&B Hotels0:31
51BETTIOL AlbertoEF Education First0:31
52HIRSCHI MarcTeam Sunweb0:31
53VAN BAARLE DylanTeam Sky0:31
54JUUL-JENSEN ChristopherMitchelton-Scott0:31
55BYSTRØM Sven ErikUAE Team Emirates0:31
56DEVOLDER StijnCorendon - Circus0:31
57MOSCON GianniTeam Sky0:31
58GAUDIN DamienDirect Energie0:37
59OLIVEIRA NelsonMovistar Team0:39
60TERPSTRA NikiDirect Energie0:44
61GUARNIERI JacopoGroupama - FDJ1:00
62LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ1:10
63HOULE HugoAstana Pro Team1:15
64THEUNS EdwardTrek - Segafredo1:29
65BIZHIGITOV ZhandosAstana Pro Team1:33
66MARCATO MarcoUAE Team Emirates1:36
67DE BONDT DriesCorendon - Circus2:28
68DEBUSSCHERE JensTeam Katusha Alpecin2:29
69DÉMARE ArnaudGroupama - FDJ2:47
70SCULLY TomEF Education First2:50
71SINKELDAM RamonGroupama - FDJ3:29
72KOCH JonasCCC Team3:29
73DILLIER SilvanAG2R La Mondiale3:42
74BOIVIN GuillaumeIsrael Cycling Academy3:42
75VAN ASBROECK TomIsrael Cycling Academy3:42
76VANDENBERGH StijnAG2R La Mondiale3:42
77DE VREESE LaurensAstana Pro Team3:42
78NORMAN LETH Lasse Corendon - Circus3:42
79BIERMANS JentheTeam Katusha Alpecin3:42
80PICHOT AlexandreDirect Energie3:42
81SIEBERG MarcelBahrain Merida3:42
82KEISSE IljoDeceuninck - Quick Step3:42
83VAN DER HOORN TacoTeam Jumbo-Visma3:42
84SAJNOK SzymonCCC Team3:42
85SCHILLINGER AndreasBORA - hansgrohe3:42
86NAESEN LawrenceLotto Soudal3:42
87STANNARD RobertMitchelton-Scott3:42
88VAN GOETHEM BrianLotto Soudal3:42
89PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo3:42
90KIRSCH AlexTrek - Segafredo3:42
91ALLEGAERT PietSport Vlaanderen - Baloise3:42
92KRAGH ANDERSEN AsbjørnTeam Sunweb3:42
93DE GENDT AiméWanty - Gobert Cycling Team3:42
94MEZGEC LukaMitchelton-Scott3:42
95HEPBURN MichaelMitchelton-Scott3:42
96DOCKER MitchellEF Education First3:42
97GRADEK KamilCCC Team3:42
98TOUZÉ DamienCofidis, Solutions Crédits3:42
99SCOTSON MilesGroupama - FDJ3:42
100KONOVALOVAS IgnatasGroupama - FDJ3:48
101WYNANTS MaartenTeam Jumbo-Visma3:48
102EENKHOORN PascalTeam Jumbo-Visma3:48
103KOREN KristijanBahrain Merida3:48
104PIBERNIK LukaBahrain Merida3:48
105JANSSENS JimmyCorendon - Circus3:48
106LANGEVELD SebastianEF Education First3:48
107DE BACKER BertVital Concept - B&B Hotels6:42
108CASTRILLO JaimeMovistar Team6:42
109SAGAN JurajBORA - hansgrohe6:42
110PEDERSEN CasperTeam Sunweb6:42
111RÄIM MihkelIsrael Cycling Academy6:42
112DUNNE ConorIsrael Cycling Academy6:42
113HALVORSEN KristofferTeam Sky6:42
114EISEL BernhardTeam Dimension Data6:42
115DE KORT KoenTrek - Segafredo6:42
116MAS LluísMovistar Team6:42
117FOMINYKH DaniilAstana Pro Team6:42
118FRISON FrederikLotto Soudal6:42
119DUVAL JulienAG2R La Mondiale9:37
120BERNAS PawełCCC Team9:37
121WILLEMS ThimoSport Vlaanderen - Baloise10:29
122PFINGSTEN ChristophBORA - hansgrohe10:29
123VAN ROOY KennethSport Vlaanderen - Baloise10:29
124MORICE JulienVital Concept - B&B Hotels10:29
125WAEYTENS ZicoCofidis, Solutions Crédits10:29
126DENZ NicoAG2R La Mondiale10:29
127VAN WINDEN DennisIsrael Cycling Academy10:29
128ROOSEN TimoTeam Jumbo-Visma10:29
129ZABEL RickTeam Katusha Alpecin10:29
130SMIT WillieTeam Katusha Alpecin10:29
131HODEG Álvaro JoséDeceuninck - Quick Step10:29
132VERMOTE JulienTeam Dimension Data10:29
133REIJNEN KielTrek - Segafredo10:29
134GAREL AdrienVital Concept - B&B Hotels10:29
135ACKERMANN PascalBORA - hansgrohe10:29
136LEMOINE CyrilCofidis, Solutions Crédits10:29
137PLANCKAERT EmielSport Vlaanderen - Baloise10:29
138BAGDONAS GediminasAG2R La Mondiale10:29
139GODON DorianAG2R La Mondiale10:29
140BAK Lars YttingTeam Dimension Data10:29
141TURGIS JimmyVital Concept - B&B Hotels10:29
142PHILIPSEN JasperUAE Team Emirates10:29
143ASGREEN KasperDeceuninck - Quick Step10:29
144LAENGEN Vegard StakeUAE Team Emirates10:29
145FORTIN FilippoCofidis, Solutions Crédits10:29
146TROIA OlivieroUAE Team Emirates10:29
147CAPIOT AmaurySport Vlaanderen - Baloise10:29
148AFFINI EdoardoMitchelton-Scott10:29
149VENTER JacoTeam Dimension Data10:29
150LIGTHART PimDirect Energie10:29
151LAWLESS ChrisTeam Sky10:29
152DUPONT TimothyWanty - Gobert Cycling Team10:29
153VANSPEYBROUCK PieterWanty - Gobert Cycling Team10:29

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

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