Cancellara's Classics Column: Van der Poel schools Pogacar with badass move

SANREMO, ITALY - MARCH 20: Dylan Van Baarle of Netherlands & Filippo Ganna of Italy and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 112th Milano-Sanremo 2021 a 299km race from Milano to Sanremo / Cipressa (239m)/ #MilanoSanremo / La Classicissima / #UCIWT / on March 20, 2021 in Sanremo, Italy. (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) celebrates the victory at Tour of Flanders while Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates) digests the disappointment of fourth (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Tadej Pogačar impressed me for 270 kilometres at the Tour of Flanders. Mathieu van der Poel impressed me for 300 metres. Badass – that’s the word I’d use to describe it. 

Tadej was impressive on the Koppenberg, impressive on the Kwaremont, impressive on the Taaienberg, impressive on the Paterberg. Mathieu, on the other hand, did nothing special. He was there in the right moments, he followed, but did he attack? No. 

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Fabian Cancellara

Fabian Cancellara is an ex-professional cyclist who raced from 2001 to 2016 for Mapei, Fassa Bortolo, CSC and Trek. One of a select trio of riders to have won Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders three times, alongside arch rival Tom Boonen and Johan Museeuw, he is the only racer who can add the Strade Bianche triple to that glittering statistic – first across the line in Siena at four year intervals between 2008 and 2016."Spartacus" was also a formidable time trialist: four times world champion, twice Olympic champion,  his final race as a professional cyclist came in the TT at the Rio Olympics in 2016, where he triumphed over second-placed Tom Dumoulin by a staggering 47 seconds. Alongside various business interests – and being a Cyclingnews columnist, of course – Cancellara is a founder of the Tudor Pro Cycling team, currently racing at UCI Pro Team level.