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.
Matej Mohorič, taking every possible risk on the Poggio descent, gaining a few valuable seconds. Unsurprisingly, the big stars did not cooperate well behind him, as Mohorič soloed to become the first Slovenian to ever win Milano-Sanremo.