Mathieu van der Poel: I don't even know how I got to the finish line

Mathieu van der Poel after winning stage t of Tirreno-Adriatico
(Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Mathieu van der Poel is one of the biggest showmen in professional cycling and the Dutch champion put on another thriller to take the victory in a rain-swept stage of Tirreno-Adriatico on Sunday.

Having enjoyed a three-minute lead on the chasing group with 20 kilometres to go, the Alpecin-Fenix leader was nearly mowed down by a late surge from Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar (UAE Team Emirates) that whittled his advantage to just 10 seconds at the finish.

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Laura Weislo
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Laura Weislo has been with Cyclingnews since 2006 after making a switch from a career in science. As Managing Editor, she coordinates coverage for North American events and global news. As former elite-level road racer who dabbled in cyclo-cross and track, Laura has a passion for all three disciplines. When not working she likes to go camping and explore lesser traveled roads, paths and gravel tracks. Laura specialises in covering doping, anti-doping, UCI governance and performing data analysis.