‘Adrenaline took over’ - Crash couldn’t curb Van der Poel's charge at Road Worlds

Picture by Thomas MaheuxSWpixcom 06082023 2023 UCI Cycling World Championships Mens Elite Road Race Edinburgh to Glasgow Glasgow Scotland The Netherlands Mathieu van der Poel
UCI Road World Championships 2023: Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) still out front and charging toward a world title after his crash (Image credit: Thomas Maheux/SWpix.com)

Mathieu van der Poel took a historic win in the elite men's road race at the Glasgow World Championships, surging clear of the strongest riders in the WorldTour and then stretching the gap despite a heavy crash in the final kilometres of the technical central city circuit.

The force of the initial solo attack from his group of four race favourites surprised even Van der Poel. “I have to be honest, I knew I had an attack left but I was also surprised at my first attack that I did in the group was a was a good one,” the Dutch rider said following the race.

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Peter Stuart

Peter Stuart has been the editor of Cyclingnews since March 2022, overseeing editorial output across all of Cyclingnews' digital touchpoints.

Before joining Cyclingnews, Peter was the digital editor of Rouleur magazine. Starting life as a freelance feature writer, with bylines in The Times and The Telegraph, he first entered cycling journalism in 2012, joining Cyclist magazine as staff writer. Peter has a background as an international rower, representing Great Britain at Under-23 level and at the Junior Rowing World Championships.