Mathieu van der Poel hoping to race 'as aggressively' at Strade Bianche as 2021 victory

The 28-year-old says he has had "the perfect build-up" for Saturday's event

Mathieu van der Poel
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel has said he would like to race “as aggressively” at Strade Bianche this Saturday as he did in 2021 when he won the race with a blistering attack. 

That year, the Dutchman forced gaps on the race’s gravel sectors, before launching an explosive move on the final climb, reaching a max power of almost 1,400 watts. 

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Tom Davidson
Senior News Writer

Tom joined Cycling Weekly as a news and features writer in the summer of 2022, having previously contributed as a freelancer. He is the host of The TT Podcast, which covers both the men's and women's pelotons and has featured a number of prominent British riders. 

An enthusiastic cyclist himself, Tom likes it most when the road goes uphill and actively seeks out double-figure gradients on his rides. 

He's also fluent in French and Spanish and holds a master's degree in International Journalism.