Dwars door Vlaanderen: Van der Poel wins first WorldTour race

Turgis, Jungels round out breakaway podium

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) took the first road WorldTour win of his career at Dwars door Vlaanderen with a convincing win ahead of Anthony Turgis (Direct Energie) and Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) rounding out the podium.

The trio were part of a five-man break that came into the finish after the main field had failed in their attempt to mount a chase. Van der Poel watched as Turgis opened up the sprint inside the final 250 meters before unleashing his own kick as the line approached. The Dutch national champion, who had been instrumental in forming the winning break with a series of early attacks, had no opposition in the end. He came around Turgis, with Jungels finishing a distant third.

"I had to make sure that nobody came from behind, I just looked when Turgis went. I felt there was a sprint in my legs and I just finished it off," the 24-year-old winner said at the finish.

The victory was confirmation that Van der Poel's form was unaffected by a hard crash two weeks ago in the sprint finish to Nokere Koerse, but he still played down his chances for a top finish in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.

"It wasn't a special moment when I crashed the other week it's a very hard race. This was a very hard race too, only 180km today but this Sunday we go nearly 100km more. I don't see myself as a favourite for Sunday yet, we'll see what happens," he said modestly.

The top three finishers were part of a group of five that formed with Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) on and over the top of the Knokteberg, when Jungels and Benoot attacked on the climb to bridge over to van der Poel, Pöstlberger, and Turgis.

By that point Van der Poel had already attacked, kicking clear with over 60km to go and bringing a selection of riders with him. He and his companions quickly caught the remnants of the day's early break, with the Corendon-Circus rider playing a pivotal role in as several of the pre-race favourites were left behind.

"It was an instinctive moment really Garcia Cortina reacted and I went with him. I think it was a perfect moment to anticipate everyone else," van der Poel said.

With the bunch able to hold Van der Poel's group at under a minute Benoot and Jungels attacked together and bridged over. After a fast descent, a new lead group had formed with Van der Poel, Benoot, Jungels, Turgis and Pöstlberger creating the winning selection.

Several riders, including Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ), attempted to make the juncture but with such firepower up ahead they were unable to make contact. Even on the final climbs of the Vossenhol and the Nokereberg, a determined chase from FDJ proved futile.

The five leaders worked tirelessly as they built a lead of over a minute, with Jungels kicking twice as he looked to shell the weaker riders from the group. However, even Pöstlberger, who had been in the first move of the day, held firm, and as the leaders swung around the final corner it was Turgis who attacked first.

The 24-year-old's attack was well-timed but he lacked the finishing kick to distance van der Poel with the Dutch rider first on his wheel. By the time van der Poel came through on the right the win was virtually guaranteed.

An early break and a race stopped

With a number of high-profile Classics riders choosing to skip Dwars door Vlaanderen as they prepared for the Tour of Flanders, it fell on others to shine in one of Belgium's most underrated mid-week WorldTour races.

Jonas Koch (CCC Team), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Ramon Sinkeldam (Groupama-FDJ), Zhandos Bizjigitov (Astana), Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton-Scott), Kris Boeckmans (Vital Concept-B&B Hotels) and Mihkel Räim (Israel Cycling Academy) formed the early break inside the opening phases of the race, and they built up a lead of around three minutes.

The peloton rose from their slumber inside the final 80km but they were soon at a standstill when race officials were forced to neutralize the race just before the Kluisberg. By the time the break was allowed to start riding again, their impetus - and Pöstlberger, who was given a motorbike tow after missing the restart - was lost.

Soon after an eager van der Poel kicked clear with Asgreen, Garcia Cortina, De Bondt and Turgis Knokteberg and by the time the Dutch rider's group had crested the Tainenberg he had only Cortina Garcia and Turgis for company. Up ahead, Oliveira dropped his companions, and with 48km to go the Movistar rider lead the race from van der Poel's group and the chasing peloton.

Six kilometres later and van der Poel's group had merged with the first break, while Oliveira still held a slender lead. Jumbo-Visma, Team Sky and Lotto Soudal kept the bunch within touching distance and it looked as though van der Poel's efforts would be in vain when the race reached the foot of the Knokteberg and the gap was down to just 15 seconds.

Jungels and Benoot looked to capitalize, with stinging attacks that brought them to within touching distance of the leaders.

On the descent, Pöstlberger linked up with Oliveira, but the Movistar rider would suffer a mechanical, and with 25km to go, Jungels, van der Poel, Turgis, Benoot and the soon caught Pöstlberger, created the key move.

Demare, who had tried to bridge over with the aid of a CCC Team rider, soon sat up and waited for his teammates, but even a determined Groupama-FDJ could make no impression on the leaders. The gap steadily grew towards a minute, and by the time the five leaders crested the final climb it became clear that the winner would come be determined from within their group.

Full Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus4:05:54 
2Anthony Turgis (Fra) Direct Energie  
3Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
4Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-Hansgrohe  
5Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
6Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:00:18 
7Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:19 
8Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
9Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
10Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-Merida  
11Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
12Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
13Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct Energie  
14Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-Segafredo  
15Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
16Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-Merida  
17Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro Team  
18Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
19Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
20Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar Team  
21Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
22Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team Emirates  
23Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
24Cees Bol (Ned) Team Sunweb  
25Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-Scott  
26Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
27Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar Team  
28Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:24 
29Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension Data  
30Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
31Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar Team  
32Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
33Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
34Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) CCC Team  
35Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
36Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension Data  
37Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education First  
38Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
39Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team0:00:27 
40Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
41Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:00:31 
42Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJ  
43Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
44Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
45Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-Visma  
46Owain Doull (GBr) Team Sky  
47Christian Knees (Ger) Team Sky  
48Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar Team  
49Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension Data  
50Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
51Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education First  
52Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team Sunweb  
53Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team Sky  
54Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-Scott  
55Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
56Stijn Devolder (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
57Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team Sky  
58Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:37 
59Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:00:39 
60Niki Terpstra (Ned) Direct Energie0:00:44 
61Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ0:01:00 
62Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:10 
63Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team0:01:15 
64Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:01:29 
65Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:33 
66Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:36 
67Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:02:28 
68Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:29 
69Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:47 
70Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First0:02:50 
71Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ0:03:29 
72Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC Team  
73Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:42 
74Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling Academy  
75Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling Academy  
76Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La Mondiale  
77Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro Team  
78Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Corendon-Circus  
79Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin  
80Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct Energie  
81Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain-Merida  
82Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
83Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
84Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC Team  
85Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
86Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
87Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
88Brian van Goethem (Ned) Lotto Soudal  
89Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-Segafredo  
90Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-Segafredo  
91Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
92Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
93Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
94Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-Scott  
95Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
96Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education First  
97Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC Team  
98Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
99Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJ  
100Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ0:03:48 
101Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-Visma  
102Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
103Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
104Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-Merida  
105Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
106Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education First  
107Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:06:42 
108Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar Team  
109Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-Hansgrohe  
110Casper Pedersen (Den) Team Sunweb  
111Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling Academy  
112Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling Academy  
113Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team Sky  
114Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension Data  
115Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-Segafredo  
116Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar Team  
117Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
118Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
119Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:37 
120Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC Team  
121Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:10:29 
122Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
123Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
124Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
125Zico Waeytens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
126Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La Mondiale  
127Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling Academy  
128Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma  
129Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-Alpecin  
130Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-Alpecin  
131Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
132Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension Data  
133Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-Segafredo  
134Adrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
135Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
136Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
137Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
138Bagdonas Gediminas (Ltu) AG2R La Mondiale  
139Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale  
140Lars Bak (Den) Dimension Data  
141Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel  
142Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team Emirates  
143Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
144Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team Emirates  
145Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
146Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team Emirates  
147Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise  
148Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-Scott  
149Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension Data  
150Pim Ligthart (Ned) Direct Energie  
151Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team Sky  
152Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
153Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
DNFPhilippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStep  
DNFMichael Schär (Swi) CCC Team  
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Lotto Soudal  
DNFStan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto Soudal  
DNFLogan Owen (USA) EF Education First  
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) EF Education First  
DNFRyan Mullen (Irl) Trek-Segafredo  
DNFHarry Tanfield (GBr) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFMads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-Alpecin  
DNFYevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFDmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro Team  
DNFJean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-Hansgrohe  
DNFCallum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-Scott  
DNFJohannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team Sunweb  
DNFRoy Curvers (Ned) Team Sunweb  
DNFMaximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team Sunweb  
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) Corendon-Circus  
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-Gobert  
DNFBert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions Credits  
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling Academy  
DNFRoy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling Academy  


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