News : Van der Poel: “I attacked because I was cold”
There are many ways and many reasons that lead cyclists to attack. But the last deed of Mathieu Van der Poel in the fifth stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico it goes one step further. The Dutch cyclist, after winning the stage with an attack 52 kilometers from the finish line, dropped that he had “attacked early because he was cold ”.
On a rainy day and on a route very similar to that of the spring classics at the tough Castelfidardo circuit, Van der Poel gave it another shot. another exhibition on top of your canyon. And there are already a few this season.
It was another of those afternoons that will go back into the cycling history books. And not just because of Van der Poel’s solo attack, but also for the answer of Tadej Pogacar.
🍞 “@mathieuvdpoel This mangiando, vuoi mica che attacchi ora? “
🍞 “@mathieuvdpoel is just having a bite to eat. You can’t ask him to attack now ”.
😉 Mathieu Van der Poel: pic.twitter.com/mAzxD46rE0
– Tirreno Adriatico (@TirrenAdriatico) March 14, 2021
The defending Tour de France champion fell just 10 seconds away from catching Van der Poel at the same finish line, after earning 3 minutes. The Dutchman did not have the strength to celebrate the victory.
Mathieu van Der Poel himself commented, once the stage was over, that “the last 20 kilometers have been hell (…) I was completely at the limit on the last climb. He was just trying to get to the finish line as fast as possible. I hope to be recovered for Milan-San Remo ”.
Social networks did not take long to fill with comments highlighting what happened. In fact, the INEOS corridor Michał Kwiatkowski He even wondered, laughing, if the fifth stage of the Tirreno deserves to be a Monument.
Stage 5 of @TirrenAdriatico deserves to be a Monument 😅🤣
– Michał Kwiatkowski (@kwiato) March 14, 2021
We have a few years of exciting cycling ahead of us, of a quality possibly never seen before. With a generation – including the Primoz Roglic, Wout Van Aert, Julian Alaphilippe, Egan Bernal and company – called to mark a before and after. Let’s value and properly enjoy what these cyclists are doing, with spectacular numbers such as the 280 watts on average that Pogacar moved in this same stage, to finish second. Cycling in its purest form.
It should be remembered that a last kilometer of heart attack with Pogacar cutting seconds before a Van der Poel smashing it reminded us at times of the tremendous pájara that the Dutch suffered in the 2019 World Cup in Yorkshire. A situation that completely separated him from the triumph when on paper he was the great favorite.
The birds are back, offensive cycling is back!