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Dwars door Vlaanderen: Mathieu van der Poel wins from small bunch

Tadej Pogačar was active — and narrowly escaped a mid-race crash — in the cobbled semi-classic as a warmup for Sunday's Tour of Flanders.

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Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) won the 2022 Dwars door Vlaanderen from an eight-man group that included Tom Pidcock (Ineos Grenadiers) and Tiesj Benoot (Jumbo-Visma).

This is the second time “MvdP” has won this 184km race that was contested on some of the same roads used at the 2021 UCI world road cycling championships. The 27-year-old last won this race in 2019.

“I wasn’t sure I was the strongest in the lead group. I was fine but not necessarily at my top,” the winner said. “I hope to be on Sunday [at the Tour of Flanders].”

Van der Poel did the majority of the work to bring back the repeated attacks in the final 10km by former world hour record holder Victor Campenaerts (Lotto Soudal), Benoot, and Stefan Küng (Groupama-FDJ).

How it happened

An early breakaway of Johan Jacobs (Movistar Team), Kelland O’Brien (BikeExchange-Jayco) Nils Politt (Bora-hansgrohe), Aaron Verwilst (Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise) and Mathijs Paasschens (Bingoal-Pauwels Sauces WB) got more than five minutes up the road before the peloton splintered chasing.

Ineos Grenadiers sent Pidcock and Ben Turner into a chasing bunch, joined by van der Poel, Campenaerts, Küng, and Benoot.

Zdeněk Štybar (Quick-Step Alpha Vinyl) made a gambit to bridge the gap, and then Pogačar went solo as the “Wolfpack” rider gave up the chase.

Pogačar’s solo move to bridge the gap did not last long and when he returned to the bunch at 48km to go, his rear wheel appeared to touch the wheel of Oliver Naessen (AG2R-Citroën), sending the Belgian rider and two others to the ground.

Another attempt to bridge to the front was made by Pogačar, Søren Kragh Andersen (Team DSM), Greg Van Avermaet (AG2R-Citroën), Bryan Coquard (Cofidis), Valentin Madouas (Groupama-FDJ), and Jan Tratnik (Bahrain- Victorious).

At the front of the race, the early breakaway had been caught by a chasing bunch, forming an 11-man group that had 20km of racing to go.

Campenaerts, riding a 58-tooth chainring, launched the first of several attempts to get away, none of which were successful.

Each of his moves were countered or covered by Benoot, van der Poel, or Pidcock.

Benoot took a counter-move to try to get some distance, but this, too, was covered by “MvdP” who did most of the chasing work in the final 8km.

With just 3km to go, Campenaerts and Benoot again tried to get away, and were covered by Küng, Pidcock and van der Poel.

When this move was brought back, van der Poel and Benoot were able to get a handful of seconds behind them, and Pidock and the others could not bring them back.

In the final few hundred meters, van der Poel went to the front, and Benoot sat up, and clapped for the winner as he rolled through the line, while behind him Pidock won the dash for the final podium place.

Pogačar was narrowly outsprinted for ninth on the day by his compatriot Tratnik.

“They were very strong, it was complicated to come back,” Pogačar said. “I was there to learn. That race will help me for Sunday, that will be another matter.”

Dwars door Vlaanderen - A travers la Flandre ME Results

Stage
RankNameTeamTime
1VAN DER POEL MathieuAlpecin-Fenix4:05:39
2BENOOT TiesjJumbo-Visma0:01
3PIDCOCK ThomasINEOS Grenadiers0:05
4CAMPENAERTS VictorLotto Soudal0:05
5POLITT NilsBORA - hansgrohe0:05
6KÜNG StefanGroupama - FDJ0:05
7O'BRIEN KellandTeam BikeExchange - Jayco0:05
8TURNER BenINEOS Grenadiers0:12
9TRATNIK JanBahrain - Victorious2:08
10POGAČAR TadejUAE Team Emirates2:08
11MADOUAS ValentinGroupama - FDJ2:08
12PASQUALON AndreaIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux3:48
13CAPIOT AmauryTeam Arkéa Samsic3:48
14STEIMLE JannikQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team3:48
15SHEFFIELD MagnusINEOS Grenadiers3:48
16VAN AVERMAET GregAG2R Citroën Team3:48
17KRAGH ANDERSEN SørenTeam DSM3:48
18LE GAC OlivierGroupama - FDJ3:48
19LOUVEL MatisTeam Arkéa Samsic3:48
20GOUGEARD AlexisB&B Hotels - KTM3:48
21TERPSTRA NikiTotalEnergies3:48
22EENKHOORN PascalJumbo-Visma3:48
23COQUARD BryanCofidis3:48
24JACOBS JohanMovistar Team3:48
25WRIGHT FredBahrain - Victorious4:09
26VERMEERSCH GianniAlpecin-Fenix4:09
27LAMPAERT YvesQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team4:09
28TEUNISSEN MikeJumbo-Visma4:09
29PHILIPSEN JasperAlpecin-Fenix4:12
30TRENTIN MatteoUAE Team Emirates4:12
31KRISTOFF AlexanderIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux4:12
32ALLEGAERT PietCofidis4:12
33VAN POPPEL DannyBORA - hansgrohe4:12
34GARCÍA CORTINA IvánMovistar Team4:12
35RUSSO ClémentTeam Arkéa Samsic4:12
36MEZGEC LukaTeam BikeExchange - Jayco4:12
37WELLENS TimLotto Soudal4:12
38DEGENKOLB JohnTeam DSM4:12
39VANBILSEN KennethCofidis4:12
40ASKEY LewisGroupama - FDJ4:12
41KORETZKY VictorB&B Hotels - KTM4:12
42HOULE HugoIsrael - Premier Tech4:12
43DE BONDT DriesAlpecin-Fenix4:12
44MOZZATO LucaB&B Hotels - KTM4:12
45SÜTTERLIN JashaBahrain - Victorious4:12
46DEWULF StanAG2R Citroën Team4:12
47LIVYNS ArjenBingoal Pauwels Sauces WB4:12
48NIEUWENHUIS JorisTeam DSM4:12
49VANHOOF WardSport Vlaanderen - Baloise4:12
50RUTSCH JonasEF Education-EasyPost4:12
51VAN MOER BrentLotto Soudal4:12
52BOASSON HAGEN EdvaldTotalEnergies4:12
53LIENHARD FabianGroupama - FDJ4:12
54THEUNS EdwardTrek - Segafredo4:12
55KREDER WesleyCofidis4:12
56SWIFT ConnorTeam Arkéa Samsic4:12
57LAENGEN Vegard StakeUAE Team Emirates4:12
58DE GENDT AiméIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux4:12
59ARASHIRO YukiyaBahrain - Victorious4:12
60MACIEJUK FilipBahrain - Victorious4:12
61ŠTYBAR ZdeněkQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team4:12
62CARVALHO AndreCofidis4:12
63KOCH JonasBORA - hansgrohe4:12
64DURBRIDGE LukeTeam BikeExchange - Jayco4:12
65OSS DanielTotalEnergies4:12
66VAN LERBERGHE BertQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team4:12
67GENIETS KevinGroupama - FDJ4:12
68VERGAERDE OttoTrek - Segafredo4:12
69PEDERSEN MadsTrek - Segafredo4:12
70JUNGELS BobAG2R Citroën Team4:12
71VAN BAARLE DylanINEOS Grenadiers4:12
72TURGIS AnthonyTotalEnergies4:12
73VALGREN MichaelEF Education-EasyPost4:12
74VERWILST AaronSport Vlaanderen - Baloise5:05
75JOHANSEN JuliusIntermarché - Wanty - Gobert Matériaux5:09
76PAASSCHENS MathijsBingoal Pauwels Sauces WB5:09
77BEULLENS CedricLotto Soudal5:21
78REYNDERS JensSport Vlaanderen - Baloise8:43
79RESELL Erik NordsæterUno-X Pro Cycling Team8:43
80NORSGAARD MathiasMovistar Team8:43
81ZAKHAROV ArtyomAstana Qazaqstan Team8:43
82BOARO ManueleAstana Qazaqstan Team8:43
83PAJUR MarkusTeam Arkéa Samsic8:43
84FEDOROV YevgeniyAstana Qazaqstan Team8:43
85ARANBURU AlexMovistar Team8:43
86NOPPE ChristopheTeam Arkéa Samsic8:43
87OLIVEIRA RuiUAE Team Emirates8:43
88MORICE JulienB&B Hotels - KTM8:43
89DECLERCQ TimQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team8:43
90VAN DEN BERG MarijnEF Education-EasyPost8:43
91MULLEN RyanBORA - hansgrohe8:43
92STEELS StijnQuick-Step Alpha Vinyl Team8:43
93VERMAERKE KevinTeam DSM8:43
94BRUNEL AlexysUAE Team Emirates8:43
95HOOLE DaanTrek - Segafredo8:43
96SKAARSETH AndersUno-X Pro Cycling Team8:43
97LANGEVELD SebastianEF Education-EasyPost8:43
98SWIFT BenINEOS Grenadiers8:43
99VERMEERSCH FlorianLotto Soudal8:43
100KOOIJ OlavJumbo-Visma8:43
101VANMARCKE SepIsrael - Premier Tech8:43
102SCULLY TomEF Education-EasyPost8:43
103DAINESE AlbertoTeam DSM8:43
104VIVIANI EliaINEOS Grenadiers8:43
105VAN DIJKE MickJumbo-Visma8:43
106ROOSEN TimoJumbo-Visma8:43
107GROENEWEGEN DylanTeam BikeExchange - Jayco8:43
108HAUSSLER HeinrichBahrain - Victorious8:43

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.