Mathieu van der Poel says he didn't have the legs to follow everybody at Amstel Gold Race

Dutchman says that Tour of Flanders suits him better after Amstel fourth place

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel said that he "didn't have the legs to react to everybody" after an Amstel Gold Race in which he was watched constantly, and eventually had to settle for fourth.

The Alpecin-Fenix rider was clearly heavily leaned upon throughout the race, as his competitors looked to the Dutch rider to make a move. A week on from his Tour of Flanders victory, he was marked as the out-and-out favourite for the race, especially in the continued absence of Wout van Aert.

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Adam Becket
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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.