Van der Poel claims maiden WorldTour win at Dwars door Vlaanderen

The reigning world cyclocross champion Mathieu van der Poel added another trophy to his mantle Wednesday, winning Dwars door Vlaanderen in a sprint finish.

The 24-year-old Corendon-Circus rider took his first WorldTour win ahead of Anthony Turgis (Direct Energie) in Waregem, Belgium after 183 kilometers of racing. Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-Quick-Step) finished third out of the lead group of five riders.

With about 60 kilometers to go, race organizers momentarily stopped the peloton because it came up to the back of the women’s peloton where a crash required medical attention.

This resulted in some chaos, and it compelled riders to go on the attack as soon as the race was restarted.

“Before the key moment, we were stopped and there was a bit of panic in the bunch,” said Jungels. “In the end, we decided to go try something and split up the group. We knew riders like Mathieu [van der Poel] were at front.”

Van der Poel went off the front of the peloton with about 48 kilometers to go and Jungels bridged up soon thereafter.

“It wasn’t the moment to wait, so we bridged across with Tiesj [Benoot],” Jungels added.

Coming into the final 30 kilometers, Nelson Olivera (Movistar) was still off the front with Lukas Postlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe). The four-man group containing van der Poel and Jungels was not far behind.

After Olivera had spent so much time off the front, riding in the day’s early breakaway as well, misfortune ended his chances at racing for a win. He suffered what appeared to be a flat tire, requiring a spare wheel from the neural service motorcycle. He dropped back to the peloton, which was less than a minute behind.

The remaining chasers caught Postlberger — the Austrian champion made it a group of five, along with the Dutch and Luxembourg champions, van der Poel and Jungels, respectively.

The five riders cooperated well into the final 10 kilometers, holding their advantage at a little less than one minute over the peloton.

Van der Poel and Jungels tried to break apart the group with 10 kilometers to go on the final cobbled hill, but their race was destined to come down to a small bunch sprint.

“The final was — I don’t want to say too easy for me — but I think there was not really a moment where I could have made a big difference,” Jungels added.

Benoot tried to attack the break in the final kilometer, but Jungels was quick to mark his move.

“When I launched my attack, I was surprised that it was Jungels who caught me back,” Benoot said. “I speculated that van der Poel would have to take the initiative.”

He was forced to lead out the sprint into the final right-hand corner. Van der Poel sat on his right shoulder into the final 400 meters.

“It was a mistake to come out first from that last cobblestone sector,” Jungels added, referring to a short, flat sector at about five kilometers to go. “I had to attack from the front, which was not ideal.”

Turgis, who was nearly dropped when the attacks were flying with 10 kilometers to go, came sprinting up the right barriers with the element of surprise on his side, the finish in sight. Van der Poel, however, had the strongest legs for the sprint and accelerated into the Frenchman’s slipstream before kicking past to victory.

Asked if he saw this result as an indicator of his potential at Tour of Flanders on Sunday, van der Poel demurred.

“I don’t know, I don’t really see myself as a favorite yet,” he said. “This is a 180k race and Flanders is a lot longer so we’ll see how it goes.”

Jungels, on the other hand, said that the 250-kilometer race through the Flemish countryside on Sunday would suit him better, as he prefers longer races. He already has a one-day WorldTour win to his credit this season, Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne, which he claimed with an emphatic solo attack.

Dwars door Vlaanderen – A travers la Flandre One Day Race Results

Rank Name Team Time
1 VAN DER POEL Mathieu Corendon – Circus 4:05:54
2 TURGIS Anthony Direct Energie ,,
3 JUNGELS Bob Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
4 PÖSTLBERGER Lukas BORA – hansgrohe ,,
5 BENOOT Tiesj Lotto Soudal ,,
6 ROWE Luke Team Sky 0:18
7 VAN POPPEL Danny Team Jumbo-Visma 0:19
8 LAMPAERT Yves Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
9 LAPORTE Christophe Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
10 HAUSSLER Heinrich Bahrain Merida ,,
11 KEUKELEIRE Jens Lotto Soudal ,,
12 KRISTOFF Alexander UAE-Team Emirates ,,
13 PETIT Adrien Direct Energie ,,
14 STUYVEN Jasper Trek – Segafredo ,,
15 MOHORIČ Matej Bahrain Merida ,,
16 GARCÍA CORTINA Iván Bahrain Merida ,,
17 BALLERINI Davide Astana Pro Team ,,
18 TEUNISSEN Mike Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
19 NAESEN Oliver AG2R La Mondiale ,,
20 ROELANDTS Jürgen Movistar Team ,,
21 POLITT Nils Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
22 GAVIRIA Fernando UAE-Team Emirates ,,
23 VAN GENECHTEN Jonas Vital Concept – B&B Hotels ,,
24 BOL Cees Team Sunweb ,,
25 BAUER Jack Mitchelton-Scott ,,
26 VLIEGEN Loïc Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
27 SÜTTERLIN Jasha Movistar Team ,,
28 CALMEJANE Lilian Direct Energie 0:24
29 VALGREN Michael Team Dimension Data ,,
30 SÉNÉCHAL Florian Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
31 VALVERDE Alejandro Movistar Team ,,
32 NOPPE Christophe Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise ,,
33 TRATNIK Jan Bahrain Merida ,,
34 VAN HOECKE Gijs CCC Team ,,
35 COQUARD Bryan Vital Concept – B&B Hotels ,,
36 BOASSON HAGEN Edvald Team Dimension Data ,,
37 MODOLO Sacha EF Education First ,,
38 DECLERCQ Benjamin Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise ,,
39 VAN HOOYDONCK Nathan CCC Team 0:27
40 BACKAERT Frederik Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
41 VERGAERDE Otto Corendon – Circus 0:31
42 KÜNG Stefan Groupama – FDJ ,,
43 VANBILSEN Kenneth Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
44 MEURISSE Xandro Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
45 JANSEN Amund Grøndahl Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
46 DOULL Owain Team Sky ,,
47 KNEES Christian Team Sky ,,
48 ERVITI Imanol Movistar Team ,,
49 JANSE VAN RENSBURG Reinardt Team Dimension Data ,,
50 BOECKMANS Kris Vital Concept – B&B Hotels ,,
51 BETTIOL Alberto EF Education First ,,
52 HIRSCHI Marc Team Sunweb ,,
53 VAN BAARLE Dylan Team Sky ,,
54 JUUL-JENSEN Christopher Mitchelton-Scott ,,
55 BYSTRØM Sven Erik UAE-Team Emirates ,,
56 DEVOLDER Stijn Corendon – Circus ,,
57 MOSCON Gianni Team Sky ,,
58 GAUDIN Damien Direct Energie 0:37
59 OLIVEIRA Nelson Movistar Team 0:39
60 TERPSTRA Niki Direct Energie 0:44
61 GUARNIERI Jacopo Groupama – FDJ 1:00
62 LE GAC Olivier Groupama – FDJ 1:10
63 HOULE Hugo Astana Pro Team 1:15
64 THEUNS Edward Trek – Segafredo 1:29
65 BIZHIGITOV Zhandos Astana Pro Team 1:33
66 MARCATO Marco UAE-Team Emirates 1:36
67 DE BONDT Dries Corendon – Circus 2:28
68 DEBUSSCHERE Jens Team Katusha – Alpecin 2:29
69 DÉMARE Arnaud Groupama – FDJ 2:47
70 SCULLY Tom EF Education First 2:50
71 SINKELDAM Ramon Groupama – FDJ 3:29
72 KOCH Jonas CCC Team ,,
73 DILLIER Silvan AG2R La Mondiale 3:42
74 BOIVIN Guillaume Israel Cycling Academy ,,
75 VAN ASBROECK Tom Israel Cycling Academy ,,
76 VANDENBERGH Stijn AG2R La Mondiale ,,
77 DE VREESE Laurens Astana Pro Team ,,
78 HANSEN Lasse Norman Corendon – Circus ,,
79 BIERMANS Jenthe Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
80 PICHOT Alexandre Direct Energie ,,
81 SIEBERG Marcel Bahrain Merida ,,
82 KEISSE Iljo Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
83 VAN DER HOORN Taco Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
84 SAJNOK Szymon CCC Team ,,
85 SCHILLINGER Andreas BORA – hansgrohe ,,
86 NAESEN Lawrence Lotto Soudal ,,
87 STANNARD Robert Mitchelton-Scott ,,
88 VAN GOETHEM Brian Lotto Soudal ,,
89 PEDERSEN Mads Trek – Segafredo ,,
90 KIRSCH Alex Trek – Segafredo ,,
91 ALLEGAERT Piet Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise ,,
92 KRAGH ANDERSEN Asbjørn Team Sunweb ,,
93 DE GENDT Aimé Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
94 MEZGEC Luka Mitchelton-Scott ,,
95 HEPBURN Michael Mitchelton-Scott ,,
96 DOCKER Mitchell EF Education First ,,
97 GRADEK Kamil CCC Team ,,
98 TOUZE Damien Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
99 SCOTSON Miles Groupama – FDJ ,,
100 KONOVALOVAS Ignatas Groupama – FDJ 3:48
101 WYNANTS Maarten Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
102 EENKHOORN Pascal Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
103 KOREN Kristijan Bahrain Merida ,,
104 PIBERNIK Luka Bahrain Merida ,,
105 JANSSENS Jimmy Corendon – Circus ,,
106 LANGEVELD Sebastian EF Education First ,,
107 DE BACKER Bert Vital Concept – B&B Hotels 6:42
108 CASTRILLO Jaime Movistar Team ,,
109 SAGAN Juraj BORA – hansgrohe ,,
110 PEDERSEN Casper Team Sunweb ,,
111 RÄIM Mihkel Israel Cycling Academy ,,
112 DUNNE Conor Israel Cycling Academy ,,
113 HALVORSEN Kristoffer Team Sky ,,
114 EISEL Bernhard Team Dimension Data ,,
115 DE KORT Koen Trek – Segafredo ,,
116 MAS Lluís Movistar Team ,,
117 FOMINYKH Daniil Astana Pro Team ,,
118 FRISON Frederik Lotto Soudal ,,
119 DUVAL Julien AG2R La Mondiale 9:37
120 BERNAS Paweł CCC Team ,,
121 WILLEMS Thimo Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise 10:29
122 PFINGSTEN Christoph BORA – hansgrohe ,,
123 VAN ROOY Kenneth Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise ,,
124 MORICE Julien Vital Concept – B&B Hotels ,,
125 WAEYTENS Zico Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
126 DENZ Nico AG2R La Mondiale ,,
127 VAN WINDEN Dennis Israel Cycling Academy ,,
128 ROOSEN Timo Team Jumbo-Visma ,,
129 ZABEL Rick Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
130 SMIT Willie Team Katusha – Alpecin ,,
131 HODEG Álvaro José Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
132 VERMOTE Julien Team Dimension Data ,,
133 REIJNEN Kiel Trek – Segafredo ,,
134 GAREL Adrien Vital Concept – B&B Hotels ,,
135 ACKERMANN Pascal BORA – hansgrohe ,,
136 LEMOINE Cyril Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
137 PLANCKAERT Emiel Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise ,,
138 BAGDONAS Gediminas AG2R La Mondiale ,,
139 GODON Dorian AG2R La Mondiale ,,
140 BAK Lars Ytting Team Dimension Data ,,
141 TURGIS Jimmy Vital Concept – B&B Hotels ,,
142 PHILIPSEN Jasper UAE-Team Emirates ,,
143 ASGREEN Kasper Deceuninck – Quick Step ,,
144 LAENGEN Vegard Stake UAE-Team Emirates ,,
145 FORTIN Filippo Cofidis, Solutions Crédits ,,
146 TROIA Oliviero UAE-Team Emirates ,,
147 CAPIOT Amaury Sport Vlaanderen – Baloise ,,
148 AFFINI Edoardo Mitchelton-Scott ,,
149 VENTER Jaco Team Dimension Data ,,
150 LIGTHART Pim Direct Energie ,,
151 LAWLESS Chris Team Sky ,,
152 DUPONT Timothy Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,
153 VANSPEYBROUCK Pieter Wanty – Gobert Cycling Team ,,

Results provided by ProCyclingStats.

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