Tour of Flanders victor Mathieu van der Poel: 'I think Pogačar was the best man in the race'

The Alpecin-Fenix rider wins the cobbled Monument for the second time in three years

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel has admitted that he thought Tadej Pogačar would prove victorious at the Tour of Flanders instead of him.

Van der Poel and the double Tour de France champion rode away together inside the final 20kms, and Pogačar almost distanced his fellow escapee on the final climb of the Paterberg.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and feature writing across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in a number of places, but mostly in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains.

He lives in Valencia, Spain.