The world cycling champion had a horror fall. Van der Poel won around Flanders


The world champion Julian Alaphilippe experienced a difficult fall in the prestigious Around Flanders race, which was won by the Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, who won his first cycling monument. In the finish of two world cyclocross champions, he narrowly defeated the Belgian Wout van Aert and imitated his father Adri, who dominated the race in 1986.

The reigning world champion Julian Alaphilippe was on the road with the two great rivals in the escape, whose attack on the climb to Koppenberg tore the peloton apart.

About 35 kilometers before the finish, however, he tripped over the driver of the accompanying motorcycle, which the trio passed, and had a nasty fall over the handlebars. He did not finish his last race of the season.

One week ago, Van der Poel and Van Aert protacted another classic Gent-Wevelg with a duel, this time fighting for victory. The 25-year-old Dutchman won the spurt by centimeters. The Belgian, a year older, thus thwarted the opportunity to become the first driver since 1975 to win Around Flanders in one season after Milan-San Remo. At that time, the legendary Eddy Merckx won these two monuments.


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