Van der Poel misses out in second Giro d'Italia mountain breakaway

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel showed no sign of letting up in his battle to claim a second Giro d’Italia stage win but on Wednesday, the Alpecin-Fenix racer’s gutsy ride through the Dolomites ended with no reward yet again.

Part of a huge day long breakaway on a mountainous stage from Ponti del Legno to Lavarone, Van der Poel first went for it alone with 65 kilometres to go, then shot away coming off the second last climb, the Valico del Vitriolo, in the company of fellow Dutchman, Gijs Leemreize (Jumbo-Visma).

It all looked so promising for the Alpecin-Fenix rider on the fearsome 10% slopes of the Monterovere, when he stormed away from Leemreize. And as his lead briefly reached reached double digits it seemed as if the talented all-rounder could be en route to a hard-sought success in the Giro d'Italia.

Instead, first Leemreize regained ground on the 27-year-old mid-way on the climb and then dropped him, and a few minutes later, the eventual stage winner Colombian Santiago Buitrago (Bahrain-Victorious) followed suit.

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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.