Van der Poel’s Best Ever Ronde van Vlaanderen | Power Analysis
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.
Van der Poel is Back | Dwars door Vlaanderen
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.