Van der Poel: "I only saw that it was possible to reach 300 meters from the finish"

The Dutchman told how he lived his spectacular victory in the Amstel Gold Race with a comeback in the epic final sprint.


The Dutch Mathieu Van der Poel (Corendon Circus) could hardly believe what he had just done when he won the 54th Amstel Gold Race and broke down in tears for his victory and in which he only thought it could come true "in the last 300 meters ".

" It was incredible Only in the last 300 meters I could see that it was still possible to get the victory. The first group left and I did not think it could happen, "he explained through tears.

However, he acknowledged that I had "no idea how I did it" and how it had been possible to come back from behind to defeat Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck Quick Step) and Jakob Fuglsang (Astana) who seemed to have secured the first two positions after their break in the final kilometers.

"I tried to attack on the ascent to the Gulperberg and, therefore, I could not recover for the Kruisberg, that er to the next, although I hoped to do it but I could not do it. Anyway I felt that I still had something in my legs and started pedaling thoroughly because I had good feelings, "he argued.

One of his hopes in the final kilometers was that, as it happened, Alaphilippe and Fuglsang" began to look at each other each other. Di everything I had inside because you also know that in this type of classics the end is very difficult for everyone ".

" By instinct I continued and I went with a group to the head of the race and we managed to unite, "he concluded.

Sobre his brilliant classic season, which ends at Amstel to dedicate himself to mountain biking, recognizes that "I do not know where this ends, I have no idea. First I will try to enjoy this ".



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