Mathieu van der Poel received the Milan-Sanremo on Saturday to say the primary Monument of the season, 62 years after his grandfather received the race.
UAE Team Emirates set the tempo and their rider Tim Wellens took the lead within the ultimate phases earlier than handing it over to his teammate, Tadej Pogačar, however he had Filippo Ganna, Wout van Aert and Van der Poel for corporate at the ultimate descent.
However, Van der Poel introduced his assault at the summit of the Poggio with 5.5km to move and stormed into the lead, extending it as they entered the town with the opposite 3 riders preventing it out for 2nd position.
The Dutchman crossed the road along with his fingers raised after just about six-and-a-half hours and Ganna took 2nd forward of Van Aert and Pogacar.
The victory was once Van der Poel’s 3rd after successful the Tour of Flanders in 2020 and 2022, following within the footsteps of his French grandfather Raymond Poulidor who received the race in 1961.
“For sure [it is special], not only because he won it. It’s a Monument every rider wants to win one day,” Van der Poel mentioned with a grin.
“I will not believe a greater situation than this one… It wasn’t arduous as earlier years however I already felt my legs had been truly contemporary. I knew I sought after to position an assault on the finish of the Poggio. This is one race I truly sought after to win.”
The double world champion, Julian Alaphilippe of France, was involved in a crash during a descent of the Passo del Turchino midway through the race and had to switch bikes before rejoining the peloton.
Milan-Sanremo is the longest Monument race at 294km this 12 months. The different Monument races are the Tour of Flanders, Paris–Roubaix, Liège–Bastogne–Liège and the Giro di Lombardia.