I watched Mathieu van der Poel ride to Flanders glory - and I was not excited

The win was impressive, his record-breaking too, but I missed a true tussle

Mathieu van der Poel
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Adam Becket
Adam Becket

News editor at Cycling Weekly, Adam brings his weekly opinion on the goings on at the upper echelons of our sport. 

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As Mathieu van der Poel soloed his way to victory at the Tour of Flanders on Sunday, powering towards Oudenaarde with victory in sight, the group of Dutch or Belgian fans in front of me in the fan zone on the Oude Kwaremont turned around and accosted me and my friends for not clapping vociferously enough for the new champion. 

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.