Mathieu van der Poel won the Tour of Flanders last year which was marked by world champion Julian Alaphilippe’s heavy fall after colliding with a motorbike. Alaphilippe’s injuries kept him off the bike for the reminder of the season, X-rays showed fractures of the metacarpal 2 and 4 on his right hand. The world champion is expected to start the 2021 season at the Tour of Flander in April.
Alaphilippe broke away from the pack 40km from the finish, only Van der Poel went with him, Wout van Aert missed the move and as a result had to use up vital energy catching the two leaders on the cobblestones of Taaianberg.
RBA/AFP Photos: Bettini
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