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.
INEOS played Amstel Gold Race 2022 perfectly. After making the race defining move on the Keutenberg, Michal Kwiatkowski attacked from the group which contained strong sprinters such as Mathieu van der Poel and Michael Matthews. Kwiatkowski was joined by Benoit Cosnefroy, who had to do the lion's share of the work with Pidcock in the group behind. In the end it was a sprint between the two, resulting once again in a photo finish. At first Cosnefroy was announced as a winner, but after looking at the photo finish it was clear that Kwiatkowski won.
Mathieu van der Poel won the hard and hilly Dwars Door Vlaanderen race on Wednesday, showing great shape in advance of his bid for the Ronde van Vlaanderen this weekend. The Dutch superstar since his return from a back injury has uploaded every ride on Strava and is basically the only superstar rider who shares his power and heart rate data publicly in 2022. Let's dissect Van der Poel's powerful win.
The Dutch superstar Mathieu van der Poel warmed up for Ronde van Vlaanderen with the hard and hilly Dwars door Vlaanderen. Van der Poel made the first group after INEOS blew up the peloton and in the last part of the race closed down many attacks. The Alpecin-Fenix superstar followed Tiesj Benoot's late acceleration and convincingly beat Jumbo-Visma rider in the final sprint, winning Dwars door Vlaanderen for the second time after 2019.