Strade Bianche, Van der Poel Exhibition
Mathieu van der Poel's
attack on Saturday
in Via Santa Caterina will long remain in the memory of fans.
"I felt very good," admitted the Strade Bianche winner, shortly after crossing the finish line in Siena.
This Monday the astonishing statistics of his effort have transcended and among all the data stand out his 1,004 watts of power in pedaling during 20 seconds of final sprint.
Five weeks after his fourth cyclo-cross world title in Ostend, Van der Poel showed his cards in the spring classics.
Not only destroying
Wout van Aert
, his two great adversaries, but also warning in the press room that he can maintain this level until Paris-Roubaix, which is played on April 11.
"During the last gravel sector of Le Tolfe, I took Egan Bernal and Alaphilippe with me. I felt that I still had strength in my legs for the last climb. And to crown it like that was crazy," commented the winner.
According to the data leaked by his team, the Alpecin Fenix, the VdP reached an average power of 738 watts for 60 seconds at Le Tolfe.
At 26, the physical splendor of
In addition, the combination of training sessions with
, cyclocross and road bike seems to have improved its performance even more.
For now, his rivals have nothing left but resignation.
"I did my best, but Van der Poel was stronger. On the last climb everyone could see how it was going," admitted Alaphilippe.
Finally, Van Aert stressed the superiority of his great nemesis.
"In this race the strongest always wins and Mathieu proved it. His last acceleration speaks for itself," conceded the Belgian.
According to the Alpecin-Fenix data, its leader traveled the 186 kilometers of the Strade Bianche with an average power of 389 watts.
An average that grew over the last 60 kilometers, completed in 90 minutes at an average of 439 watts.
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