Mathieu van der Poel makes Milan-San Remo history 62 years after his grandfather

SANREMO ITALY MARCH 18 Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinDeceuninck celebrates at podium as race winner holding the trophy during the 114th MilanoSanremo 2023 a 294km one day race from Abbiategrasso to Sanremo MilanoSanremo UCIWT on March 18 2023 in Sanremo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Mathieu van der Poel holds the winner's trophy (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel began to comprehend the significance of his solo victory at Milan-San Remo as the sun set over San Remo.

Few riders have managed to attack alone on the Poggio and then win solo in the Via Rome. Van der Poel did it, setting a new record time for the climb of the Poggio and 62 years after his grandfather Raymond Poulidor won alone on the same finish.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

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.