Waiting game doesn't pay off for Mathieu van der Poel, who says he made no mistakes at Milan - San Remo

The Dutchman missed the podium places but says he was right to gamble and hope the race came back together in the final

Mathieu van der Poel at Milan - San Remo 2021 (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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Mathieu van der Poel says he wouldn't have made any changes to how he raced Milan - San Remo 2021, forced into fifth place in the reduced bunch sprint as Jasper Stuyven held off the group of favourites to win his first-ever Monument.

"I don't think I made a mistake anywhere. I had to make choices," Van der Poel said after the finish, Stuyven having stolen a march on the group, flying off the front with 2km to go and leaving the Dutchman and his rivals to look at each other, hesitating before picking up the chase.

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