Wout Poels (1st): «A dream come true»

interview24.04.2016The race- Liège / Ans

« It was a really hard day due to the weather. You had to keep warm and I had prepared well to cope with that, especially in terms of clothing. It's amazing to win Liège, it's like a dream come true after my bad crash of three years ago. I'm a much more solid and complete rider now with less ups and downs. Liège is a monument I would watch on TV when I was a child. To win it is incredible.

I liked the final cobbled climb and knew it suited me well. I looked at the guys around me who looked strong although I was worried that the others would catch us. After a first attack that didn't pay off, I decided to go flat out after the last corner with 250m to go.

I can't believe that I've won it. It was a tough edition so I'm really proud. You always dream of winning a race like this one but to do it in these conditions is even more special.

It makes a difference to have a strong team protecting you. In the past I would waste too much energy at the back so having guys around me helps a lot.

The team is of course happy. It's great to show that we can do well on Classics as well as on Grand Tours

I'll be alongside Chris on the Grand Tour but hope to one day, maybe next year, have an opportunity to be a leader. I still have to prove I can do well”.

  • MONUMENTAL POELS

    Twenty-eight years after Adri Van Der Poel, a heroic Wout Poels became the fifth Dutchman to win Liège-Bastogne-Liège. The rider from team SKY made the best of the penultimate climb of the day to power away from the favourites group alongside Rui Costa, Michael Albasini and Samuel Sanchez. The decision was finally made on the final straight in Ans where Poels managed to outsprint his rivals, crossing the line in front of Albasini and Rui Costa after a day many will remember for its...

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