The reason for Mathieu van der Poel's solo attack at Tirreno-Adriatico? 'Because I was cold'

The Dutchman just held off Tadej Pogačar to take yet another impressive win

Mathieu van der Poel after winning stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico 2021 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Mathieu van der Poel has made a habit so far this season of winning when he says he won't, but today he didn't need an excuse as he set off on a 50km solo attack to claim stage five of Tirreno-Adriatico. The sooner he was across the line the sooner he was out of the miserable weather.

"I attacked from afar because I was cold. I still felt good up to twenty kilometres to go," Van der Poel said after the stage, as good a reason as any to win when you've won as much as the Dutchman already has in his career.

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