Sixty-two years after his grandfather Raymond Poulidor won Milano-San Remo, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) put in a pulverising performance to win the first Monument of the season on the via Roma in style.
The Dutchman attacked from a leading quartet near the top of the Poggio to open up a small but decisive gap over Slovenia’s Tadej Pogacar (UAE Team Emirates), Belgium’s Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) and Italy’s Filippo Ganna (Ineos Grenadiers).
Ad Van der Poel’s advantage was only a few seconds – but that was all it took as he put in a textbook descent and then increased his lead on the home straight to become the fourth Dutchman to win La Classicissima after Arie Den Hartog, Jan Raas and Hennie Kuiper.
Milano — Sanremo'You have to brake!' — Alaphilippe caught up in crash with 148km left to go3 HOURS AGO Ganna powered clear to take second place ahead of Van Aert and Pogacar as the chasers came home 15 seconds behind the lone victor, whose team-mate Soren Kragh Andersen took fifth place ahead of Danish compatriot Mads Pedersen (Trek-Segafredo) to complete a perfect day for Alpecin-Deceuninck. “I cannot imagine a better scenario than this one,” Van der Poel said after winning the second Monument of his career, after two earlier victories in the Tour of Flanders. “I already told the team that there was a headwind on Cipressa so it was not as hard as previous years.Read more on eurosport.com