‘Practically unbeatable’ – Mathieu van der Poel lives up to billing at Giro d’Italia

The citadel of Visegrád lent itself to a coronation, and so it proved. Mathieu van der Poel was the outstanding favorite to win stage 1 of the Giro d’Italia and he duly conjured up a sprint of overwhelming force to take the first maglia rosa of the race.

Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert) put up fierce resistance in the final 100 metres, but the result was only fleetingly in doubt. Or, as Van der Poel’s teammate Dries De Bondt put it afterwards: “Mathieu, when he can choose his own moment in a finish like this, he’s practically unbeatable.”

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