Mathieu van der Poel rues puncture that cost him chance of Strade Bianche glory

The Dutchman is left thinking about what could have been, saying his 15th place finish doesn't reflect the race he rode

Mathieu van der Poel at Strade Bianche 2020 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Mathieu van der Poel was left ruing what could have been after a puncture at a crucial moment thwarted any chance he may have had to take the Strade Bianche title.

The Dutchman says his 15th place finish, 10 minutes down on winner Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma), does not reflect the race he rode.

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