Alpecin-Fenix's Mathieu van der Poel made up for the stage 1 disappointment by winning stage 2 in an up-hill battle on the Côte de Mûr-de-Bretagne, he also took the yellow jersey from Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck - Quick-Step) who finished fifth at 8 seconds.
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Mathieu van der Poel has cycling success in his genes. Raymond Poulidor was his grandfather and Adrie van der Poel is his father. Adrie was at home watching his son win the Strade Bianche on TV: "If he continues to ride his races and doesn't do too much, Mathieu can maintain this form for another five or six weeks."
Many predicted that the Dutch national champion, Mathieu van der Poel would win the 2021 Strade Bianche, but the Tuscan race on the white roads can be a lottery. The race came down to three men; Van der Poel, Julian Alaphilippe and Egan Bernal, the race would be decided on the final climb to the Piazza del Campo, Siena.
Last Sunday there were four cyclocross rainbow jerseys on offer in Oostende, and Holland won all of them. Of the twelve medals, Holland won eight and the kings of cross, Belgium, only won three. So why were the men and women from the Netherlands so good? Because they all learnt their trade in Flanders.
Mathieu van der Poel will start his road season in the UAE Tour, but he did win three cross races in a row - TOP STORY and results from Hulst, Gulligem and Baal. Other news: No quarantine at the Olympics. Team news. Rider news. Race news and new kit. Happy EUROTRASH New Year.
Dec 28, 2020: Cyclocross mud from Dendermonde and Heusden-Zolder. Evenepoel planning ahead - TOP STORY. Aru riding cyclocross, Bilbao to ride Giro/Tour and Gilbert getting fit. The Tour de l’Ain and the Giro Rosa. Transfer news: Intermarché, Alpecin and Aldag. Bahrain Victorious. Crashes for Guerreiro and Conti. Video from Rapha.
Dec 24, 2020: Cyclo-cross for Christmas-Reports and video from Essen and Herentals. 109 year-old Robert Marchand-TOP STORY. Van Aert on INEOS, Ghirmay best African rider, Quintana and Bernal, Plugge for change, Intermarché WorldTour. Race news. Team news. Contract news. Rider news and video from INEOS and UAE.
Three of the best riders of the season where together for for the victory in the 2020 Ronde van Vlaanderen. World champion, Julian Alaphilippe was taken out by a motorbike leaving the old enemies, Mathieu van der Poel and Wout van Aert to sprint it out at the line for the Dutch champion to take the victory.
Oct 15, 2020 - The Giro d'Italia rumbles on under the threat of Covid-19, but great racing. We have results and video from Italy and the Scheldeprijs. Boonen talks about the Van Aert/Van der Poel conflict-TOP STORY. Bad news form the Giro, but good news form Flanders. Elegant – Quick-Step for de Ronde, no fans on the Vuelta mountains, Pauwels retires, Jakobsen bone transplant, Gazprom sponsorship and no La Vuelta Junior.