Mathieu van der Poel: I can keep this form for a month

SIENA ITALY MARCH 06 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Julian Alaphilippe of France and Team Deceuninck QuickStep Egan Arley Bernal Gomez of Colombia and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the Eroica 15th Strade Bianche 2021 Mens Elite a 184km race from Siena to Siena Piazza del Campo Dust Gravel Strokes Attack StradeBianche on March 06 2021 in Siena Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Mathieu Van Der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix accelerates on final section of gravel en route to Strade Bianche win (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mathieu van der Poel has suggested he can hold the form that gave him victory at Strade Bianche for another month, making him the rider to beat at Milan-San Remo, E3 Harelbeke, the Tour of Flanders and even Paris-Roubaix.

The Dutchman won his fourth cyclo-cross world title at the end of January but has built a solid road racing endurance base below his high-end cyclo-cross fitness to create an impressive spring peak of form. Everyone else will have to up their game and improve their form if they want to beat the Alpecin-Fenix rider.

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Stephen Farrand
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Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.