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Tour of Flanders: Poulidor’s grandson wins strong

Mathieu van der Poel, 25, won this Sunday the last classic of 2020, the Tour of Flanders. The Dutchman of the Alpecin-Fenix ​​team beat the Belgian of the Jumbo-Visma team in a sprint Wout van Aert, lieutenant of Primoz Roglic on the Tour de France.

Jacky Durand, the last French winner of the race in 1992, therefore still has no French successor on the prize list. But a little bit anyway because Mathieu van der Poel has French blood. He is the son of Adrie van der Poel, who himself won the Tour of Flanders in 1986 when his son was not yet born. He is the first son of a former winner to win at this finish line.

He is also the son of Corinne Poulidor. He is therefore the grandson of Raymond Poulidor, who died almost a year ago and who, wherever he is, has undoubtedly missed nothing of the feat of his heir who won in Belgium, the first monument of his career. Anthony Turgis (Direct Total Energie) finished first French in fourth place. No French has climbed on the podium since Sylvain Chavanel in 2011.

This Tour of Flanders, the last classic of the season since the cancellation of Paris-Roubaix was also marked by the fall and abandonment of Julian Alaphilippe who, 37 km from the finish, hit a racing motorcycle very badly. placed. The world champion made a sun over his bike, screamed in pain on the ground apparently hit in the shoulder. He did not leave, letting his dream of winning the Flemish monument slip away for his first participation. The world champion had certainly dreamed of a less painful farewell to the year 2020.

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