Cyclisme: Mathieu van der Poel vainqueur de Milan-San Remo

The Dutch runner won the Italian race, the first big classic of the season, Saturday March 18. He has ahead of the Italian Filippo Ganna, the Belgian Wout Van Aert and the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar.

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In recent years, to win Milan-San Remo, the first big classic of the cycling season, it was generally necessary to make an excellent climb or a brilliant descent of the Poggio, the raidillon located about ten kilometers from the finish. Saturday, March 18, the Dutchman Mathieu Van der Poel did both to win alone, with fifteen seconds ahead of three other stars of the peloton: the Italian Filippo Ganna (2 e ) , the Belgian Wout van Aert (3 e ) and the Slovenian Tadej Pogacar (4 e ).

By winning in San Remo, Mathieu Van der Poel adds to his record a third “monument”, the name given to the most prestigious day races, after his success, in 2020 and 2022, on the Tour Flanders. Symbolically, the Dutchman also wins the same test as his grandfather, Raymond Poulidor, sixty-two years after him. “I was at my best level today,” said the leader of the Alpecin-Deceuninck team after his victory. I have been focusing on this race for a long time. “

Pogacar’s acceleration

van der Poel found himself at the top of the race in the Poggio by following the accelerations driven by Tadej Pogacar and his teammates from the UAE Emirates training. The winner of 2020 and 2021 editions of the Tour de France placed a first attack 8 kilometers from the finish. His second offensive, 1.4 kilometer further, made all his pursuers crack, with the exception of Filippo Ganna, Wout Van Aert, and therefore Mathieu Van der Poel. Then it is when one could imagine these four men rally the finish line together that the Dutchman went to the offensive, a few hectometers from the summit of the poggio, when all the bodies and the hearts are In red.

Passing the telephone booth, which marks the start of the winding descent to San Remo, he counted five seconds ahead of his pursuers. Without ever relaxing his effort, the one who is also world champion of cyclo-cross gradually made this little capital grow by showing great mastery to hit the slope and negotiate several tight turns. “I couldn’t imagine a better scenario, said Mathieu Van der Poel. I wanted to attack at the end of the Poggio. The way I did it exceeds my expectations.”