Van der Poel: I didn't have the legs to react to every attack at Amstel Gold

Mathieu van der Poel at Amstel Gold Race
Mathieu van der Poel at Amstel Gold Race (Image credit: Sprint Cycling Agency)

After a successful comeback to racing that has seen him win Dwars door Vlaandern and the Tour of Flanders in recent weeks, it was no surprise that Mathieu van der Poel headed onto home ground at Amstel Gold Race as the major favourite.

The Dutchman was the form pick for Sunday's race, which he won in a thrilling comeback victory three years ago. However, he came undone in the final as first Michał Kwiatkowski and then Benoît Cosnefroy stole away to contest a photo finish in Berg en Terblijt.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, Road World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, and Demi Vollering.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are the Giro d'Italia, Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix.


Season highlights from 2024 include reporting from Paris-Roubaix –  'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix – and the Tour de France – 'Disbelief', gratitude, and family – Mark Cavendish celebrates a record-breaking Tour de France sprint win.