Mads Pedersen topples Mathieu van der Poel to win Gent-Wevelgem

"I had to believe that my sprint was good enough to beat Mathieu," says former world champion after two-up finale

Mads Pedersen wins Gent-Wevelgem 2024
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Former world champion Mads Pedersen (Lidl-Trek) outmuscled the current rainbow-jersey-wearer, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck), to take his second career victory at Gent-Wevelgem on Sunday.

The duo broke free together over the final climb with 35km to go, setting up a two-up sprint at the line. Pedersen launched his dash first, and held off Van der Poel, who bowed over his handlebars in the closing metres, defeated. 

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