Van der Poel explains the reasons for his attack in Tirreno-Adriatico

The Dutchman, who prevailed in the fifth stage after an agonizing duel in the final part with Pogacar, explained the reasons that led him to attack 50 kilometers from the finish line.


Mathieu Van der Poel again starred in an exhibition this Sunday during the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico. The 26-year-old Dutch cyclist took the victory after an attack launched almost 50 kilometers from the arrival at Castelfidardo and after an agonizing duel in the final stage with a Tadej Pogacar that came very close to catching him.

At the end of the stage, Van der Poel himself explained in this way why he had decided to launch this attack from so far away. "I attacked very early because it was cold. In the rain I felt very cold. I felt very good at the time but the last 20 kilometers were hell for me."

Part of that hell is due to the persecution started by Tadej Pogacar that was about to end with the Slovenian hunting him at the final goal of Castelfidardo. "I was at the limit on the final climb. In the last kilometers I was completely empty. They told me that Pogacar was coming but I didn't want to hear anything else. He wanted to get to the finish line as fast as possible and hoping it was enough to win," commented the cyclist from Alpecin-Fenix.

After yesterday's fatigue, it will be necessary to see if Van der Poel decides to be the protagonist in the foreseeable arrival to the sprint this Monday in the sixth stage of Tirreno-Adriatico, where he already has two victories, although the Dutch cyclist is already looking at another of his greats objectives: the conquest of Milan-San Remo, which would be his second monument after winning the Tour of Flanders last year. "There is still a week until Milan-San Remo. I hope to be recovered from the effort by then," said Van der Poel, who this Sunday returned to leave an exhibition that is already part of cycling history.

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