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Crying Van der Poel no longer took profit into Gold Race into account

2019-04-21T16:06:34.313Z

Mathieu van der Poel was in tears after his victory in the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The Dutchman could not comprehend that he had taken the win in a bizarre final.


Mathieu van der Poel was in tears after his victory in the Amstel Gold Race on Sunday. The Dutchman could not comprehend that he had taken the win in a bizarre final.

"Unbelievable. I can't believe it", was the only thing Van der Poel could say to the NOS for a long time. He lay on the ground for a moment after the sprint, crying with joy and disbelief.

In his first Amstel Gold Race, 24-year-old Van der Poel seemed to stand a chance for the win a kilometer before the finish. He rode in a group behind Julian Alaphilippe and Jakob Fuglsang.

The Frenchman and the Dane wanted to decide who would win, but were actually caught up in the final meters by Van der Poel, who still took the win.

"I didn't think I would win", Van der Poel acknowledged. "But in the last few meters I suddenly saw Alaphilippe and Fuglsang driving in front of me. That's why I started sprinting at 400 meters. It was all or nothing and it became everything."

Overview: Winners Amstel Gold Race 2009-2019

2019: Mathieu van der Poel © Pro Shots

2018: Michael Valgren Andersen © ANP

2017: Philippe Gilbert © ANP

2016: Enrico Gasparotto © ANP

2015: Michal Kwiatkowski © ANP

2014: Philippe Gilbert © ANP

2013: Roman Kreuziger © ANP

2012: Enrico Gasparotto © ANP

2011: Philippe Gilbert © ANP

2010: Philippe Gilbert © ANP

2009: Sergey Ivanov © ANP

Van der Poel follows in his father's footsteps

Van der Poel enters the books as the fourteenth Dutchman to win the Amstel Gold Race. De Brabander, who was unapproachable as a cyclist last winter, is the successor to Erik Dekker. De Drent was the best in 2001.

Van der Poel also follows in the footsteps of his father Adrie van de Poel. "It's great that I now have a successor in the family," said Adrie van der Poel, who won the Limburg classic in 1990, in a first reaction.

Earlier this spring his son Van der Poel was also the fastest in Dwars door Vlaanderen and on Wednesday he triumphed in the Brabantse Pijl.

Dutch winners Amstel Gold Race

  • 1967: Arie de Hartog
  • 1968: Harrie Stevens
  • 1974: Gerrie Knetemann
  • 1977: Jan Raas
  • 1978: Jan Raas
  • 1979: Jan Raas
  • 1980: Jan Raas
  • 1982: Jan Raas
  • 1984: Jacques Hanegraaf
  • 1985: Gerrie Knetemann
  • 1986: Steven Rooks
  • 1987: Joop Zoetemelk
  • 1988: Jelle Nijdam
  • 1990: Adrie van der Poel
  • 1991: Frans Maassen
  • 1999: Michael Boogerd
  • 2001: Erik Dekker
  • 2019: Mathieu van der Poel

Source: nunl

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