Mathieu van der Poel wins E3 Saxo Classic after powerful Paterberg attack

World Champion goes solo for 41 kilometres after Wout van Aert crashes at the bottom of the climb

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel soloed to victory in the E3 Saxo Classic on Friday after a 41 kilometre solo attack launched on the Paterberg. 

The World Champion time trialled his way to the line in Harelbeke to take his first win of the season in the rainbow bands and make a big statement of intent ahead of the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix in the next fortnight. 

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