Van der Poel storms to GP de Wallonie victory

Mathieu van der Poel took first win in several months at GP de Wallonie after catching Gonzalo Serrano (Movistar) and Dylan Teuns (Israel-Premier tech) in the last meters.

Biniam Girmay (Intermarche-Wanty-Gobert) took second with Serrano in third.

“This finish is honest, I think. The strongest normally wins on a finish like that and I’m happy to be first,” Van der Poel said.

The Dutchman said his victory came as a surprise, revealing he struggled with the wet conditions and had intended to lead out teammate Jasper Philipsen.

“I didn’t feel very very good, to be honest. I said to Jasper that I’d do the lead-out for him, but I think he didn’t feel great either. On the final bend, I just did my sprint, I didn’t know if they he was still in my wheel, but I still had the strength to go to the line, and it was a nice victory for the team.”


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