It was another exciting De Brabantse Pijl edition, one of the most underrated races on the UCI calendar. After making an elite 10-man group, Magnus Sheffield looked very strong as he was pacing on the climbs, making others suffer. The American attacked late as INEOS had multiple options, Ben Turner and Tom Pidcock, in the group, and won his first classic only at age 19.
No one thought at the start of March that Mathieu van der Poel would have made this impressive a come back in Milano-Sanremo and the Tour of Flanders, considering his back problem and missed training kilometres in the winter. However in a perverse way, the enforced rest, during his usual cyclocross schedule, probably made his incredible victory at Flanders possible. The Dutchman was the only one able to stay with Tour de France champion Tadej Pogačar on the short Flandrian climbs and then produced his typical 15s power to win the final sprint. Let's look at van der Poel's and other riders' power from the big race.
Jumbo-Visma is on fire in the early 2022 season, taking another impressive win in the E3 Saxo Bank Classic. Wout van Aert launched a destructive attack on the Paterberg with only Christophe Laporte, Van Aert's teammate, able to follow the Belgian national champion.
The classic season has started with an impressive solo win by Wout van Aert who, along with his fresh Jumbo-Visma squad, raced Omloop Het Nieuwsblad more aggressively than we saw last year.