Milan-San Remo: Mathieu van der Poel wins 62 years after grandfather

    Mathieu van der Poel celebrates as he crosses the finish line
    Van der Poel is the first Dutch rider to win Milan-San Remo since Hennie Kuiper in 1985

    Dutch cyclist Mathieu van der Poel won the prestigious Milan-San Remo 62 years after his grandfather with a late solo attack.

    The 28-year-old broke away on the Poggio di San Remo summit with little more than five kilometres remaining.

    Italy’s Filippo Ganna was second, 15 seconds back, pipping third-place Wout van Aert and Tadej Pogacar to the line.

    Van der Poel’s maternal grandfather, French cyclist Raymond Poulidor, won the one-day Monument race in 1961.

    “I cannot imagine a better scenario than this one,” said the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider, who becomes the first Dutchman to win Milan San-Remo in almost 40 years.

    “This is one of the races I really wanted to win. The way I won it today, it’s beyond expectation. I’m really happy with this one.”

    Hennie Kuiper was the last rider from the Netherlands to win the race in 1985.

    The 294km Milan-San Remo is one of five prestigious ‘Monument’ one-day races in cycling along with the Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Liege-Bastogne-Liege and Giro di Lombardia.

    Van der Poel has twice won the Tour of Flanders, in 2020 and 2022.

    Britain’s Tom Pidcock – who won the Strade Bianche classic last month – missed the race after suffering a concussion in Sunday’s final stage of the Tirreno-Adriatico.

    Mark Cavendish was the last British rider to win Milan-San Remo, for Colombia-HTC in 2009.

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