Mathieu van der Poel recognises time in pink may run out on Etna

BALATONFURED HUNGARY MAY 08 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team Alpecin Fenix celebrates winning the pink leader jersey on the podium ceremony after the 105th Giro dItalia 2022 Stage 3 a 201km stage from Kaposvr to Balatonfred Giro WorldTour on May 08 2022 in Balatonfured Hungary Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Mathieu van der Poel has donned the maglia rosa for all three days on Hungarian roads to open the 2022 Giro (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) came through a long stage in the Giro d’Italia with his lead unscathed and all but unchallenged on Sunday, but he recognised that almost as soon as the race returns to Italy, he will likely be seeing his time in pink reach an end.

The Dutchman pinpointed the hour-long ascent to Mount Etna on Tuesday as a likely end of the road for his spell in the maglia, although Van der Poel promised he would continue to fight for stage wins regardless and would try to complete the entire race come what may on Tuesday.

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Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.