Mathieu van der Poel has fulfilled his favorite role in the opening stage of the Tour of Italy. The 27-year-old Dutchman from Alpecin-Fenix was just faster than Biniam Girmay on the final climb to the castle of Visegrád. After the yellow jersey in the Tour, the pink in the Giro is a fact. “I will do my best to keep the jersey, but just like in the Tour it will be difficult,” said Van der Poel afterwards.
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“I knew that positioning would be the key to success,” Van der Poel began his flash interview after the race. “I got trapped a few times. It was quite close, because my legs were filling up. I only realized at the finish that I made it.”
Van der Poel reassembled Biniam Girmay and ultimately did not have much left over the Eritrean. “It really hurt, but it’s incredible to be in pink after the yellow. We’ll see what time trial brings tomorrow. I will do my best to keep the jersey, but just like in the Tour it will be difficult.”
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