'I hope for improvement, but I don't think I will hang on for another day' says Dutchman
The Dutchman failed to live up to his pre-stage favourite tag on the cobbles
Alpecin-Deceuninck rider will instead target yellow in the following days in Denmark and France
'Time trialling now is beginning to look like Formula One'
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) came through a long stage in the Giro d’Italia with his lead unscathed and all but unchallenged on Sunday, but he recognised that almost as soon as the race returns to Italy, he will likely be seeing his time in pink reach an end.
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Not since James Brown’s cape routine has performative exhaustion felt like such an integral part of the spectacle. After winning in Visegrád on the opening day of the Giro d’Italia, Mathieu van der Poel collapsed on a heap of dead leaves beyond the finish line. After defending his maglia rosa in the time trial in Budapest on Saturday, he sat glassy eyed on the roadside, saliva dripping off his chin.
Dutch rider Mathieu van der Poel marked his Giro d'Italia debut in style with victory after a chaotic finish to the race's opening stage. He edged out Eritrean Biniam Girmay, who had hoped to be the first black African to win a Grand Tour stage. As a classics specialist who...
The citadel of Visegrád lent itself to a coronation, and so it proved. Mathieu van der Poel was the outstanding favourite to win stage 1 of the Giro d’Italia and he duly conjured up a sprint of overwhelming force to take the first maglia rosa of the race.