Mathieu van der Poel wins Dutch Road Championship
Jul 01 2018 08:52 pm CET

Mathieu van der Poel wins Dutch Road Championship
Mathieu van der Poel wins Dutch Road Championship
Photo of Mathieu van der Poel by Beobank-Corendon

Mathieu van der Poel of Corendon-Circus is the new Dutch road champion after beating Danny van Poppel and Ramon Sinkeldam in an impressive sprint in Hoogerheide.

The parcours of the road race was 221 kilometers long, on which Groupama-FDJ's Sinkeldam was hoping to defend his title earned in 2017.

LottoNL-Jumbo's Danny van Poppel was one of the more active riders on the day, first disrupting things in the lead group and later going solo, to be caught by a chase group with Van der Poel and then the reduced peloton.

Koen de Kort of Trek-Segafredo then attacked at just under two kilometers but he two was soon reeled back in.

In the final sprint, which went slightly up-hill, Sinkeldam threw his cards onto the table first but was surpassed by Van der Poel, who as such won the Dutch title 31 years after his father Adrie.

"This is a childhood dream coming true," said Van der Poel shortly after taking the win. "Despite a tough final, I kept believing that I could finish it in the sprint. And I did finish it.

"Winning here in Hoogerheide makes it all even more special. I will definitely celebrate this. But I won't go too crazy, because the Val di Sole is on its way," he concluded.

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