Mathieu van der Poel impresses at Liège-Bastogne-Liège 24 hours after BinckBank victory

LIEGE BELGIUM OCTOBER 04 Mathieu van der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix during the 106th Liege Bastogne Liege 2020 Men Elite a 257km race from Liege to Liege LBL classiquesardennes on October 04 2020 in Liege Belgium Photo by Peter de Voeght PoolGetty Images
Van der Poel racing Liège-Bastogne-Liège on Sunday (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Liège-Bastogne-Liège debutant Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) was not in the mix for victory at the end of 257km of racing but arguably produced one of the best performances of the weekend, finishing sixth in Liege, just 24 hours after an epic 50km solo to seal the BinckBank Tour on Saturday. 

The Dutch champion led the chase group in the final 10 kilometres heading into Liège, evoking memories of his stunning win at Amstel Gold Race last season, but this time was unable to catch then on the line. He still finished best of the rest from the chase group, taking the sprint for sixth and so indicated he was on form for the rapidly approaching cobbled Classics. 

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