“Not the best preparation for the Round”

Dylan Van Baarle (Ineos-Grenadiers) masterfully took off the 76th edition of A Travers la Flandre. The Dutchman won after an impressive solo of more than 50 kilometers. The race was also marked by the bad day of Mathieu van der Poel, released in the Knokteberg. Cyril Saugrain learns from this last race before the Round.

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He is a leader who has taken responsibility. Van Baarle felt the legs were good. He started a difficult race, telling himself we’ll see what happens. Once he has taken 30 seconds, he speaks his skills as a roller. He waits to see what happens, and the victory is at the end“.

Mathieu van der Poel was in difficulty in this race. He still worked for the team and appeared to be finished “flushed”. Worrisome a few days from Le Ronde? “I wouldn’t say you have to worry. But you have to ask yourself questions and analyze what happened. The heat is probably one of the factors. But this is not the best preparation for the Round. It is still better to win or be ahead than to suffer. Van der Poel warned his teammates that it was not having a good day. The bad day could happen again on Sunday“.

Besides the winner, who scored points in Waregem? “Stuyven scored points. Van Avermaet is reassured. Indirectly… the Alpecin boulder. Because if the leader was not there, they were there in numbers. And even though we haven’t seen him much and probably suffered the race, Pidock finished in the second group. Let’s keep it in the running for Sunday

Were those absent right not to come? Yes according to our consultant. “Peter Sagan will be there on Sunday. And for Michael Matthews and Wout van Aert, it was the right decision not to take the start, especially after the difficult Gand-Wevelgem that they ran“.

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