Biking: Van der Poel wins Tour of Flanders as Alaphilippe crashes out


(Reuters) – Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel beat his highly effective Belgian rival Wout Van Aert in a photo-finish dash to win the Tour of Flanders ‘Monument’ traditional on Sunday, as world champion Julian Alaphilippe crashed out of the race.

Van der Poel, whose father Adri received the one-day race in 1986, launched the two-man dash and managed to simply maintain off Van Aert after 241 kilometres.

Norway’s Alexander Kristoff took third place.

“They’d already known as my identify twice, however I could not consider it. I’ve requested for affirmation 10 occasions. I’ve no phrases for this. I’m speechless,” mentioned Van der Poel, grandson of the late Frenchman Raymond Poulidor, who received one other of the Monument traditional races – Milan-Sanremo – in 1961.

Alaphilippe, who had break up the peloton with an assault within the Kopperberg, went head over heels after his proper elbow clipped the again of a race bike 35km from the road after the trio had damaged clear.

The 26-year-old Van der Poel, using simply in entrance of the Frenchman, narrowly averted the bike on the suitable facet of the street.

Alaphilippe ultimately sat up, holding his proper arm and screaming in ache earlier than being attended to by race medical doctors earlier than being taken to a hospital the place x-rays confirmed two fractures in his hand.

“A couple of motorbikes wished to go behind us, as a result of our hole was rising, I wished to take revenue as a lot as doable to go behind the moto, and I feel Julian was not concentrating or one thing. It is an actual pity that he hit the moto,” mentioned Van Aert, who had been trying to grow to be the primary rider to win the Tour of Flanders and Milan-Sanremo in the identical 12 months since Eddy Merckx in 1975.

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