Mathieu van der Poel's amazing victory at Milano-San Remo: Reactions

"It shocked me to see how his form was in Tirreno-Adriatico to what it was here"

by Sead Dedovic
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Mathieu van der Poel's amazing victory at Milano-San Remo: Reactions

Adam Blythe, an expert on Eurosport, was shocked by Mathieu van der Poel's amazing victory at Milano-San Remo. The surprise was not only felt by Blythe but by a large number of cycling fans as well. It was a crucial moment in the race when he overtook Pogacar and was able to claim victory.

“I don’t think we expected him to go,” said Blythe, as quoted by eurosport.com “Ultimately, you would back him in a sprint in that situation.
Pogacar has just gone on the attack and you could see how much Wout was suffering.

It was just at a point at a change of camera angles and we didn’t see the actual attack.
We were all a little bit taken aback and were like, ‘he’s gone, he’s gone, he’s gone’. But in that situation you can see the gap increasing.

Even at the top of the climb we were thinking they would get him back.
It shocked me to see how his form was in Tirreno-Adriatico to what it was here because that was another gear up. I was quite shocked with it”.

Tirreno-Adriatico

Dan Lloyd gave an interesting theory about Van der Poel.

Tirreno-Adriatico didn't turn out to be a great race for him, but he seemed to be saving energy for the next one. That's what Lloyd was just talking about. “What we don’t know is how much he was saving at Tirreno,” said Lloyd.

“Him, Wout van Aert and Alaphilippe put so much into Tirreno a couple of years ago, it was fantastic to watch but they did pay for it a little bit down the line at the Monuments.
“I just wonder if he deliberately throttled back.

He’s not a patient guy so I would be surprised if he was able to hold back if he thought there was a win there”.

Mathieu Van Der Poel
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