Mathieu van der Poel tightens grip on Tour of Britain thanks to penultimate stage win


Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel appears set to win the OVO Power Tour of Britain after claiming ­one other emphatic victory in Thursday’s penultimate stage in Warwickshire.

Britain’s Ben Swift (Crew Ineos) tried to launch a late assault in Burton Dassett Nation Park however was overhauled as Van der Poel (Corendon-Circus), adopted by Matteo Trentin (Mitchelton-Scott), surged clear within the remaining 500 metres of a stiff uphill end.​

Trentin, the Italian who sits second general, tried his finest to maintain tempo along with his 24-year-old Dutch ­rival however might solely shrug his shoulders in exasperation as he crossed the end line a number of bike lengths behind. Afterwards he described Van der Poel as the perfect rider on the planet.​

“If you race with the best and you want to compete with them you need to raise your level, especially on this kind of finish line,” mentioned the Italian. “At the moment he is the best in the world, I don’t see anyone who can get close to him at the ­moment.”​

Van der Poel, a a number of cyclocross world champion, now leads Trentin by 12 seconds within the normal classification heading into at this time’s remaining stage from Altrincham to Manchester.​

“I’m feeling pretty good. I’m feeling better day by day,” he mentioned after the end. ​

“[On Thursday] I used to be saying I shocked myself within the TT (time trial) as a result of that’s one thing I didn’t do for a very long time and I believe it’s a sign of the form, for those who can experience that quick for 14km by yourself. Coming into the final ascent to the end line I knew I had a fairly good likelihood to take the win once more at this time.​

“I have to believe” added van der Poel, who’s the bookies’ favorite for the world championships in Yorkshire in two weeks’ time. “I did a really good job today, also with the first bonus sprint I didn’t lose any seconds. It’s going to be a hard day again and it won’t be over until I cross the finish line, but I’m confident we’re going to make it.”


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