Mathieu van der Poel finished sixth on Sunday in the Famenne Ardenne Classic, his last race of the year.
Van der Poel seemed to have driven his last race in the German one-day race Sparkassen Münsterland Giro last Thursday, but the 24-year-old Dutchman still boarded the Famenne Ardenne Classic in Belgium on Sunday.
The 1.1 race was held in the rain like the WC of a week ago in Yorkshire. That did not stop Van der Poel from attacking forty kilometers from the finish line. The Corendon-Circus rider ended up in a leading group, but he didn't get much room.
After an exciting final, the Belgians Dimitri Claeys and Baptiste Planckaert and the Frenchman Anthony Turgis made a decisive gap with the peloton.
Claeys rode away from his fellow refugees in the final kilometer and won the race. Planckaert finished second and Dutchman Timo Roosen from Jumbo-Visma passed Turgis and took third place. Van der Poel won the sprint from the peloton and crossed the line in sixth.
'VDP' ends its road season with eleven wins. After a short break, he will focus on cyclocross, the sport in which he is reigning world champion.
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