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‘I knew the Koppenberg could be chaos’ – Mathieu van der Poel conquers Tour of Flanders on hardest climb

The Koppenberg hasn’t all the time smiled on Mathieu van der Poel. In November 2018, nonetheless a number of months away from transferring his cyclocross skills to top-level racing on the street, the Dutchman endured a torrid afternoon on its slopes on the Koppenbergcross.

After lumbering dwelling in twenty first place, an nearly unthinkable 4 minutes down on the day’s winner, Van der Poel may solely shake his head in resignation. Though he had received the race the yr earlier than, his relationship with the steep cobbled climb at its coronary heart was all the time an uneasy one. “No,” Van der Poel mentioned that afternoon. “This isn’t my climb.”

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