Swift: The problem for everyone at Milan-San Remo will be Van der Poel and Van Aert

AMILLY FRANCE MARCH 08 Rohan Dennis of Australia and Team INEOS Grenadiers Ben Swift of United Kingdom and Team INEOS Grenadiers during the 79th Paris Nice 2021 Stage 2 a 188km stage from OinvillesurMontcient to Amilly ParisNice on March 08 2021 in Amilly France Photo by Bas CzerwinskiGetty Images
Ben Swift (Ineos Grenadiers) at Paris-Nice (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

The tremors released by Mathieu van der Poel’s savagely powerful attack that carried him to victory at Strade Bianche on Saturday are still being felt at Paris-Nice a handful of days later.

British champion Ben Swift spoke for many when he suggested that Milan-San Remo is already looking like the Dutchman’s race to lose, the Ineos Grenadiers sprinter adding that Wout van Aert appears to be the only rider capable of matching Van der Poel.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).