Van der Poel lays down exceptional marker ahead of World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel wears the leader's jersey
Mathieu van der Poel wears the leader's jersey (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Not for the first time in his young career, Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) left a world-class field in his wake. This time it was on stage 4 of the Tour of Britain and, with the UCI Road World Championships just around the corner, the 24-year-old has once again shown he is a genuine contender for the rainbow jersey.

Van der Poel made his winning move with a little over 300 metres to go - a blistering attack that left his rivals for dead. One rider, a Tour de France stage winner no less, quipped after the finish that the Dutchman had made the opposition look like juniors, such was the speed and ferocity with which he dropped everyone on the short climb to the line in Kendal.

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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at between 2008 and 2022. Based in the UK, he joined the Cyclingnews team in 2008 as the site's first UK-based Managing Editor. In that time, he reported on over a dozen editions of the Tour de France, several World Championships, the Tour Down Under, Spring Classics, and the London 2012 Olympic Games. With the help of the excellent editorial team, he ran the coverage on Cyclingnews and has interviewed leading figures in the sport including UCI Presidents and Tour de France winners.