Van der Poel's epic triumph against an astonishing Pogacar

The Dutchman conquered the stage with an attack 50 km from the finish line. Pogacar went after him when he was losing three minutes and was about to take away the victory.


Mathieu van der Poel claimed his second triumph at Tirreno-Adriatico in an epic cycling day that will be remembered for a long time. A good part of the current great talents of the world peloton fought in an all-out duel on a demanding track, full of ups and downs and with a climate of wind, rain and cold. A scenario where two phenomena emerged, two talents who are on their way to mark an era such as Mathieu van der Poel and Tadej Pogacar. Two fabulous cyclists who staged an epic duel in which both found benefit: Van der Poel, a victory to remember, and Pogacar, the sentence to the general of the race.

Both staged a spectacular chase in the last kilometers, both alone, in which emotion, epic and agony were mixed with the talent of both riders. Van der Poel ahead, after attacking the favorites 50 km from the finish, in search of glory with an effort in which for the first time the limit of the Dutch phenomenon was sensed. Behind, Tadej Pogacar, who started 18 km from the finish line, when he was about three minutes behind Van der Poel, but with a force that soon began to cut the gap at the head of the race at an astonishing speed.The two captured all the attention, with a Van der Poel that little by little was accusing fatigue, increasingly punished and with references that the Slovenian rocket was coming from behind, a Pogacar that beyond the stage victory, was taking advantage to the rest of his rivals for the general classification (Van der Poel was not a threat). And so, with that emotion, Van der Poel reached the last kilometer with Pogacar's breath on his neck, but with enough perseverance (strength no longer he had left) to pedal until he reached the finish line first ... and practically vanished before the gaze of a Pogacar who almost secured the general classification despite the fact that there are still three days left.

Van Aert, the one who best defended himself against the phenomena and who in many phases of the race showed a face disconcerted by the effort and the cold, entered third at 49 ". Bernal, who had numerous problems after his attack attempts did not materialize , fifth at 2:07. Mikel Landa, who was always in front until the two protegonists blew up the race, at 2:25 ... They all left a good image, but surpassed by two cyclists who were at a level higher and that threaten to dominate cycling for years to come.

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