Mathieu van der Poel fourth in WorldTour debut at Gent-Wevelgem

Mathieu van der Poel finished 4th at Gent-Wevelgem

The 81st edition of Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday was the first-ever WorldTour race for Mathieu van der Poel (Correndon-Circus), and the Dutch road race champion acquitted himself well to take fourth place behind winner Alexander Kristoff (UAE Team Emirates) , John Degenkolb (Trek-Segafredo) and AG2r's Oliver Naesen, which means that he'll head to next week's Tour of Flanders brimming with confidence. Coming into Gent-Wevelgem at the weekend, a lot was expected from reigning cyclo-cross world champion Van der Poel due to the fact that his 'cross arch rival, Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), has left a lasting impression in recent races. A crash in the bunch sprint at Nokere Koerse 10 days ago originally cast doubts over Van der Poel's participation on Sunday, but a win at the GP de Denain last week proved that the 24-year-old was ready, and he didn't disappoint in the 252-kilometre-long race, featuring in the star-studded breakaway ...

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