Mathieu van der Poel puts on another show in Giro d’Italia time trial

Not since James Brown’s cape routine has performative exhaustion felt like such an integral part of the spectacle.

After winning in Visegrád on the opening day of the Giro d’Italia, Mathieu van der Poel collapsed on a heap of dead leaves beyond the finish line. After defending his maglia rosa in the time trial in Budapest on Saturday, he sat glassy eyed on the roadside, saliva dripping off his chin.

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