Mathieu van der Poel victorious in the crosswinds of stage one at the UAE Tour 2021

The Dutchman emerges with the win on the opening day of the 2021 WorldTour calendar

(Giuseppe Cacace/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: AFP via Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel didn't wait long to switch his winning ways from the muddy fields of cyclocross to the hot tarmac of the road, taking the first stage of the 2021 UAE Tour in a reduced bunch sprint.

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