Historical feat of Van Baarle

The Dutchman completed the last 50km alone to take the win. Van der Poel and Alaphilippe kept their strength thinking about the Tour of Flanders.


A sea of doubts, stares, lack of understanding and collaboration, Dylan van Baarle made his way to the triumph in Across Flanders, thanks to an impressive 50-kilometer solo ride. The Dutchman gives Ineos the tenth win of the season and succeeds his compatriot Mathieu van der Poel, who, like Julian Alaphilippe, kept his strength ahead of the Tour of Flanders next Sunday.

The appointment had shocks practically from the beginning. Beyond the mechanical breakdowns of Tiesj Benoot and Dylan Teus, two outsiders to take into account in the fight for victory, the irruption of a truck in the middle of the route paralyzed the race for a few minutes. The hostilities began a few kilometers after the relaunch, but it was not until kilometer 80 that the definitive escape with the trio formed by Ethan Hayter, Florian Vermeersch and Jelle Wallays took place.The sun shone and the temperature was good throughout the day, making conditions less conducive to a small group of adventurers. The platoon quickened its pace from the first heights and in the absence of 60 km the battle broke out, with a fall in a very tight curve that fragmented the group into a thousand pieces. After endless skirmishes, among which Van Avermaet, Teuns and even Van der Poel himself (more by character than by legs) tried their luck, it was Van Baarle who opened the gap alone.

And the Dutchman never looked back despite being 50 km from the finish line. Quite the opposite of what was happening behind, with a chasing group that was unable to catch up with him and where the Van Avermaet, Stuyven (recent winner of Milan-San Remo) and company were not able to understand each other. García Cortina, who remained behind the group of 'roosters', was the best Spaniard. A well deserved victory for Van Baarle (the fifth of his career), who had not raised his arms since the Dauphiné in 2019. We will see if with this tremendous performance he will bid for the Tour of Flanders (April 4) and stand up to Van der Poel and Alaphilippe , that today they kept the gunpowder ...

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