Van der Poel: Poggio attacks came too late in Milan-San Remo

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Mathieu van der Poel rides alongside Julian Alaphilippe on the ascent of the Poggio (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Pre-race favourite Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) was left to contemplate a missed opportunity after he finished fifth in Milan-San Remo

The Dutchman came into the first Monument of the 2021 season as the rider to beat after scintillating, recent performances in both Strade Bianche and Tirreno-Adriatico. Although he was able to follow key moves on the decisive final Poggio climb, he didn’t react when Jasper Stuyven (Trek-Segafredo) made his perfectly-timed acceleration with two kilometres to go off the final slopes of the Poggio.

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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.