Instinct delivers Van der Poel to victory in Dwars door Vlaanderen

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

Mathieu van der Poel ( Corendon-Circus ) claimed his first WorldTour victory in only his second race at the top level. After a cracking performance in Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday and a win at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, Van der Poel can no longer - if there was still any doubt - be ignored as one of the top favourites for the upcoming Tour of Flanders on April 7. In Gent-Wevelgem, the cyclo-cross world champion showed that he has plenty of options: He can cope with the long distance of the Classics, he can fight for position ahead of the short Flemish 'hellingen', he trusts his instincts when he spots an opportunity, and he's got fast legs to sprint for the win as he did at Dwars door Vlaanderen in Waregem on Wednesday afternoon. "It feels really good, actually. I knew that I had a chance because I felt on ...

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