Dwars door Vlaanderen: Van der Poel wins first WorldTour race

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus) took the first road WorldTour win of his career at Dwars door Vlaanderen with a convincing win ahead of Anthony Turgis (Direct Energie) and Bob Jungels (Deceuninck-QuickStep) rounding out the podium.

The trio were part of a five-man break that came into the finish after the main field had failed in their attempt to mount a chase. Van der Poel watched as Turgis opened up the sprint inside the final 250 meters before unleashing his own kick as the line approached. The Dutch national champion, who had been instrumental in forming the winning break with a series of early attacks, had no opposition in the end. He came around Turgis, with Jungels finishing a distant third.

"I had to make sure that nobody came from behind, I just looked when Turgis went. I felt there was a sprint in my legs and I just finished it off," the 24-year-old winner said at the finish.

The victory was confirmation that Van der Poel's form was unaffected by a hard crash two weeks ago in the sprint finish to Nokere Koerse, but he still played down his chances for a top finish in the Tour of Flanders on Sunday.

"It wasn't a special moment when I crashed the other week it's a very hard race. This was a very hard race too, only 180km today but this Sunday we go nearly 100km more. I don't see myself as a favourite for Sunday yet, we'll see what happens," he said modestly.

The top three finishers were part of a group of five that formed with Tiesj Benoot (Lotto Soudal) and Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe) on and over the top of the Knokteberg, when Jungels and Benoot attacked on the climb to bridge over to van der Poel, Pöstlberger, and Turgis.

By that point Van der Poel had already attacked, kicking clear with over 60km to go and bringing a selection of riders with him. He and his companions quickly caught the remnants of the day's early break, with the Corendon-Circus rider playing a pivotal role in as several of the pre-race favourites were left behind.

"It was an instinctive moment really Garcia Cortina reacted and I went with him. I think it was a perfect moment to anticipate everyone else," van der Poel said.

With the bunch able to hold Van der Poel's group at under a minute Benoot and Jungels attacked together and bridged over. After a fast descent, a new lead group had formed with Van der Poel, Benoot, Jungels, Turgis and Pöstlberger creating the winning selection.

Several riders, including Gianni Moscon (Team Sky) and Arnaud Demare (FDJ), attempted to make the juncture but with such firepower up ahead they were unable to make contact. Even on the final climbs of the Vossenhol and the Nokereberg, a determined chase from FDJ proved futile.

The five leaders worked tirelessly as they built a lead of over a minute, with Jungels kicking twice as he looked to shell the weaker riders from the group. However, even Pöstlberger, who had been in the first move of the day, held firm, and as the leaders swung around the final corner it was Turgis who attacked first.

The 24-year-old's attack was well-timed but he lacked the finishing kick to distance van der Poel with the Dutch rider first on his wheel. By the time van der Poel came through on the right the win was virtually guaranteed.

An early break and a race stopped

With a number of high-profile Classics riders choosing to skip Dwars door Vlaanderen as they prepared for the Tour of Flanders, it fell on others to shine in one of Belgium's most underrated mid-week WorldTour races.

Jonas Koch (CCC Team), Nelson Oliveira (Movistar), Ramon Sinkeldam (Groupama-FDJ), Zhandos Bizjigitov (Astana), Lukas Pöstlberger (Bora-Hansgrohe), Michael Hepburn (Mitchelton-Scott), Kris Boeckmans (Vital Concept-B&B Hotels) and Mihkel Räim (Israel Cycling Academy) formed the early break inside the opening phases of the race, and they built up a lead of around three minutes.

The peloton rose from their slumber inside the final 80km but they were soon at a standstill when race officials were forced to neutralize the race just before the Kluisberg. By the time the break was allowed to start riding again, their impetus - and Pöstlberger, who was given a motorbike tow after missing the restart - was lost.

Soon after an eager van der Poel kicked clear with Asgreen, Garcia Cortina, De Bondt and Turgis Knokteberg and by the time the Dutch rider's group had crested the Tainenberg he had only Cortina Garcia and Turgis for company. Up ahead, Oliveira dropped his companions, and with 48km to go the Movistar rider lead the race from van der Poel's group and the chasing peloton.

Six kilometres later and van der Poel's group had merged with the first break, while Oliveira still held a slender lead. Jumbo-Visma, Team Sky and Lotto Soudal kept the bunch within touching distance and it looked as though van der Poel's efforts would be in vain when the race reached the foot of the Knokteberg and the gap was down to just 15 seconds.

Jungels and Benoot looked to capitalize, with stinging attacks that brought them to within touching distance of the leaders.

On the descent, Pöstlberger linked up with Oliveira, but the Movistar rider would suffer a mechanical, and with 25km to go, Jungels, van der Poel, Turgis, Benoot and the soon caught Pöstlberger, created the key move.

Demare, who had tried to bridge over with the aid of a CCC Team rider, soon sat up and waited for his teammates, but even a determined Groupama-FDJ could make no impression on the leaders. The gap steadily grew towards a minute, and by the time the five leaders crested the final climb it became clear that the winner would come be determined from within their group.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) Corendon-Circus4:05:54
2Anthony Turgis (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 1 - Cell 2
3Bob Jungels (Lux) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 2 - Cell 2
4Lukas Pöstlberger (Aut) Bora-HansgroheRow 3 - Cell 2
5Tiesj Benoot (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 4 - Cell 2
6Luke Rowe (GBr) Team Sky0:00:18
7Danny van Poppel (Ned) Team Jumbo-Visma0:00:19
8Yves Lampaert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 7 - Cell 2
9Christophe Laporte (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 8 - Cell 2
10Heinrich Haussler (Aus) Bahrain-MeridaRow 9 - Cell 2
11Jens Keukeleire (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 10 - Cell 2
12Alexander Kristoff (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 11 - Cell 2
13Adrien Petit (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 12 - Cell 2
14Jasper Stuyven (Bel) Trek-SegafredoRow 13 - Cell 2
15Matej Mohoric (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 14 - Cell 2
16Ivan Garcia (Spa) Bahrain-MeridaRow 15 - Cell 2
17Davide Ballerini (Ita) Astana Pro TeamRow 16 - Cell 2
18Mike Teunissen (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 17 - Cell 2
19Oliver Naesen (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 18 - Cell 2
20Jurgen Roelandts (Bel) Movistar TeamRow 19 - Cell 2
21Nils Politt (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 20 - Cell 2
22Fernando Gaviria (Col) UAE Team EmiratesRow 21 - Cell 2
23Jonas Van Genechten (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 22 - Cell 2
24Cees Bol (Ned) Team SunwebRow 23 - Cell 2
25Jack Bauer (NZl) Mitchelton-ScottRow 24 - Cell 2
26Loïc Vliegen (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 25 - Cell 2
27Jasha Sütterlin (Ger) Movistar TeamRow 26 - Cell 2
28Lilian Calmejane (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:24
29Michael Valgren Andersen (Den) Dimension DataRow 28 - Cell 2
30Florian Senechal (Fra) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 29 - Cell 2
31Alejandro Valverde (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 30 - Cell 2
32Christophe Noppe (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 31 - Cell 2
33Jan Tratnik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 32 - Cell 2
34Gijs Van Hoecke (Bel) CCC TeamRow 33 - Cell 2
35Bryan Coquard (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 34 - Cell 2
36Edvald Boasson Hagen (Nor) Dimension DataRow 35 - Cell 2
37Sacha Modolo (Ita) EF Education FirstRow 36 - Cell 2
38Benjamin Declercq (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 37 - Cell 2
39Nathan Van Hooydonck (Bel) CCC Team0:00:27
40Frederik Backaert (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 39 - Cell 2
41Otto Vergaerde (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:00:31
42Stefan Küng (Swi) Groupama-FDJRow 41 - Cell 2
43Kenneth Vanbilsen (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 42 - Cell 2
44Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 43 - Cell 2
45Amund Grøndahl Jansen (Nor) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 44 - Cell 2
46Owain Doull (GBr) Team SkyRow 45 - Cell 2
47Christian Knees (Ger) Team SkyRow 46 - Cell 2
48Imanol Erviti (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 47 - Cell 2
49Reinardt Janse Van Rensburg (RSA) Dimension DataRow 48 - Cell 2
50Kris Boeckmans (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 49 - Cell 2
51Alberto Bettiol (Ita) EF Education FirstRow 50 - Cell 2
52Marc Hirschi (Swi) Team SunwebRow 51 - Cell 2
53Dylan van Baarle (Ned) Team SkyRow 52 - Cell 2
54Christopher Juul Jensen (Den) Mitchelton-ScottRow 53 - Cell 2
55Sven Erik Bystrøm (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 54 - Cell 2
56Stijn Devolder (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 55 - Cell 2
57Gianni Moscon (Ita) Team SkyRow 56 - Cell 2
58Damien Gaudin (Fra) Direct Energie0:00:37
59Nelson Oliveira (Por) Movistar Team0:00:39
60Niki Terpstra (Ned) Direct Energie0:00:44
61Jacopo Guarnieri (Ita) Groupama-FDJ0:01:00
62Olivier Le Gac (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:01:10
63Hugo Houle (Can) Astana Pro Team0:01:15
64Edward Theuns (Bel) Trek-Segafredo0:01:29
65Zhandos Bizhigitov (Kaz) Astana Pro Team0:01:33
66Marco Marcato (Ita) UAE Team Emirates0:01:36
67Dries De Bondt (Bel) Corendon-Circus0:02:28
68Jens Debusschere (Bel) Katusha-Alpecin0:02:29
69Arnaud Demare (Fra) Groupama-FDJ0:02:47
70Tom Scully (NZl) EF Education First0:02:50
71Ramon Sinkeldam (Ned) Groupama-FDJ0:03:29
72Jonas Koch (Ger) CCC TeamRow 71 - Cell 2
73Silvan Dillier (Swi) AG2R La Mondiale0:03:42
74Guillaume Boivin (Can) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 73 - Cell 2
75Tom Van Asbroeck (Bel) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 74 - Cell 2
76Stijn Vandenbergh (Bel) AG2R La MondialeRow 75 - Cell 2
77Laurens De Vreese (Bel) Astana Pro TeamRow 76 - Cell 2
78Lasse Norman Hansen (Den) Corendon-CircusRow 77 - Cell 2
79Jenthe Biermans (Bel) Katusha-AlpecinRow 78 - Cell 2
80Alexandre Pichot (Fra) Direct EnergieRow 79 - Cell 2
81Marcel Sieberg (Ger) Bahrain-MeridaRow 80 - Cell 2
82Iljo Keisse (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 81 - Cell 2
83Taco van der Hoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 82 - Cell 2
84Szymon Sajnok (Pol) CCC TeamRow 83 - Cell 2
85Andreas Schillinger (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 84 - Cell 2
86Lawrence Naesen (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 85 - Cell 2
87Robert Stannard (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 86 - Cell 2
88Brian van Goethem (Ned) Lotto SoudalRow 87 - Cell 2
89Mads Pedersen (Den) Trek-SegafredoRow 88 - Cell 2
90Alex Kirsch (Lux) Trek-SegafredoRow 89 - Cell 2
91Piet Allegaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 90 - Cell 2
92Asbjørn Kragh Andersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 91 - Cell 2
93Aime De Gendt (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 92 - Cell 2
94Luka Mezgec (Slo) Mitchelton-ScottRow 93 - Cell 2
95Michael Hepburn (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 94 - Cell 2
96Mitchell Docker (Aus) EF Education FirstRow 95 - Cell 2
97Kamil Gradek (Pol) CCC TeamRow 96 - Cell 2
98Damien Touze (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 97 - Cell 2
99Miles Scotson (Aus) Groupama-FDJRow 98 - Cell 2
100Ignatas Konovalovas (Ltu) Groupama-FDJ0:03:48
101Maarten Wynants (Bel) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 100 - Cell 2
102Pascal Eenkhoorn (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 101 - Cell 2
103Kristijan Koren (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 102 - Cell 2
104Luka Pibernik (Slo) Bahrain-MeridaRow 103 - Cell 2
105Jimmy Janssens (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 104 - Cell 2
106Sebastian Langeveld (Ned) EF Education FirstRow 105 - Cell 2
107Bert De Backer (Bel) Vital Concept-B&B Hotel0:06:42
108Jaime Castrillo (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 107 - Cell 2
109Juraj Sagan (Svk) Bora-HansgroheRow 108 - Cell 2
110Casper Pedersen (Den) Team SunwebRow 109 - Cell 2
111Mihkel Räim (Est) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 110 - Cell 2
112Conor Dunne (Irl) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 111 - Cell 2
113Kristoffer Halvorsen (Nor) Team SkyRow 112 - Cell 2
114Bernhard Eisel (Aut) Dimension DataRow 113 - Cell 2
115Koen de Kort (Ned) Trek-SegafredoRow 114 - Cell 2
116Luis Mas Bonet (Spa) Movistar TeamRow 115 - Cell 2
117Daniil Fominykh (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 116 - Cell 2
118Frederik Frison (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 117 - Cell 2
119Julien Duval (Fra) AG2R La Mondiale0:09:37
120Pawel Bernas (Pol) CCC TeamRow 119 - Cell 2
121Thimo Willems (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-Baloise0:10:29
122Christoph Pfingsten (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 121 - Cell 2
123Kenneth Van Rooy (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 122 - Cell 2
124Julien Morice (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 123 - Cell 2
125Zico Waeytens (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 124 - Cell 2
126Nico Denz (Ger) AG2R La MondialeRow 125 - Cell 2
127Dennis van Winden (Ned) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 126 - Cell 2
128Timo Roosen (Ned) Team Jumbo-VismaRow 127 - Cell 2
129Rick Zabel (Ger) Katusha-AlpecinRow 128 - Cell 2
130Willem Jakobus Smit (RSA) Katusha-AlpecinRow 129 - Cell 2
131Alvaro Hodeg (Col) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 130 - Cell 2
132Julien Vermote (Bel) Dimension DataRow 131 - Cell 2
133Kiel Reijnen (USA) Trek-SegafredoRow 132 - Cell 2
134Adrien Garel (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 133 - Cell 2
135Pascal Ackermann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 134 - Cell 2
136Cyril Lemoine (Fra) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 135 - Cell 2
137Emiel Planckaert (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 136 - Cell 2
138Bagdonas Gediminas (Ltu) AG2R La MondialeRow 137 - Cell 2
139Dorian Godon (Fra) AG2R La MondialeRow 138 - Cell 2
140Lars Bak (Den) Dimension DataRow 139 - Cell 2
141Jimmy Turgis (Fra) Vital Concept-B&B HotelRow 140 - Cell 2
142Jasper Philipsen (Bel) UAE Team EmiratesRow 141 - Cell 2
143Kasper Asgreen (Den) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 142 - Cell 2
144Vegard Stake Laengen (Nor) UAE Team EmiratesRow 143 - Cell 2
145Filippo Fortin (Ita) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 144 - Cell 2
146Oliviero Troia (Ita) UAE Team EmiratesRow 145 - Cell 2
147Amaury Capiot (Bel) Sport Vlaanderen-BaloiseRow 146 - Cell 2
148Edoardo Affini (Ita) Mitchelton-ScottRow 147 - Cell 2
149Jaco Venter (RSA) Dimension DataRow 148 - Cell 2
150Pim Ligthart (Ned) Direct EnergieRow 149 - Cell 2
151Christopher Lawless (GBr) Team SkyRow 150 - Cell 2
152Timothy Dupont (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 151 - Cell 2
153Pieter Vanspeybrouck (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 152 - Cell 2
DNFPhilippe Gilbert (Bel) Deceuninck-QuickStepRow 153 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Schär (Swi) CCC TeamRow 154 - Cell 2
DNFAdam Blythe (GBr) Lotto SoudalRow 155 - Cell 2
DNFStan Dewulf (Bel) Lotto SoudalRow 156 - Cell 2
DNFLogan Owen (USA) EF Education FirstRow 157 - Cell 2
DNFTaylor Phinney (USA) EF Education FirstRow 158 - Cell 2
DNFRyan Mullen (Irl) Trek-SegafredoRow 159 - Cell 2
DNFHarry Tanfield (GBr) Katusha-AlpecinRow 160 - Cell 2
DNFMads Schmidt Würtz (Den) Katusha-AlpecinRow 161 - Cell 2
DNFYevgeniy Gidich (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 162 - Cell 2
DNFDmitriy Gruzdev (Kaz) Astana Pro TeamRow 163 - Cell 2
DNFJean-Pierre Drucker (Lux) Bora-HansgroheRow 164 - Cell 2
DNFMichael Schwarzmann (Ger) Bora-HansgroheRow 165 - Cell 2
DNFCallum Scotson (Aus) Mitchelton-ScottRow 166 - Cell 2
DNFJohannes Fröhlinger (Ger) Team SunwebRow 167 - Cell 2
DNFRoy Curvers (Ned) Team SunwebRow 168 - Cell 2
DNFMaximilian Walscheid (Ger) Team SunwebRow 169 - Cell 2
DNFRoy Jans (Bel) Corendon-CircusRow 170 - Cell 2
DNFLudwig De Winter (Bel) Wanty-GobertRow 171 - Cell 2
DNFBert Van Lerberghe (Bel) Cofidis, Solutions CreditsRow 172 - Cell 2
DNFZakkari Dempster (Aus) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 173 - Cell 2
DNFRoy Goldstein (Isr) Israel Cycling AcademyRow 174 - Cell 2


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Daniel Benson

Daniel Benson was the Editor in Chief at Cyclingnews.com 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.

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