Mathieu van der Poel did not succeed in concluding his season on the road with a victory. The Dutchman finished in twelfth place on Thursday at the Münsterland Giro.
It was Van der Poel's last race on the road for this year. Last year's 24-year-old Dutch champion would initially go to Japan for the Olympic test event on the mountain bike, but because of the extra burden, he decided not to take the race in North Rhine-Westphalia.
Van der Poel was still involved in the sprint for the victory, but was short to really participate in the victory in Germany.
The Corendon-Circus rider ended the season without a victory, but had a strong debut year on the road. The 24-year-old cyclocross world champion was among others the strongest in the Amstel Gold Race, the Brabantse Pijl, Dwars door Vlaanderen and won the final classification in the Tour of Great Britain.
The win in the Münsterland Giro went to Álvaro Hodeg. The Colombian from Deceuninck-Quick-Step was just too strong in the sprint for Pascal Ackermann (BORA-hansgrohe) and Tim Merlier (Corendon-Circus). Mike Teunissen came in sixth and his teammate Dylan Groenewegen ran a puncture in the final phase and therefore had no chance in the final.
The Münsterland Giro has been on the cycling calendar since 2006. Jos van Emden (2007 and 2013) won the race twice and in 2010 Joost van Leijen was the best. In addition to Van Emden, Marcel Kittel (2011 and 2012) and André Greipel (2008 and 2014) were twice the fastest.
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