Jumbo-Visma: Nothing could be done about Van der Poel

National Championship Netherland 2020 Men Road Wijster Wijster 1825 km 23082020 Nils Eekhoff NED Team Sunweb Mathieu Van Der Poel NED Team Alpecin Fenix Timo Roosen NED Team Jumbo Visma photo Dion KerckhoffsCVBettiniPhoto2020
(Image credit: Dion Kerckhoffs/Bettini Photo)

The Jumbo-Visma team had nine men on the start line of the Netherlands Road Championships in Drenthe on Sunday but even with a full squad they were no match for the might of Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) on the 7.3km circuit that went over and around the famous landfill climb, the VAM-berg, 25 times. Timo Roosen, the team's best-placed rider in third behind Sunweb's Nils Eekhoff, said there was "nothing that could be done about Van der Poel".

The cyclo-cross world champion reeled in an attack by Eekhoff, splitting the chasing group, and then attacked with 44km to go on the steepest, cobbled part of the 'Col du VAM' climb and shot away like a rocket.

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