62 years later his grandfather’s golden podium in Milan-San Remo, Mathieu van der Poel signed an important chapter in the history of cycling. On Sunday, the Dutch rider achieved a solo victory in the same race, also smashing 1995 Poggio climbing time record.

This crucial win came after his recent conquest of the cyclocross world title in Hoogerheide. Regarding Milan-San Remo, the Alpecin-Deceuninck champion proudly commented: “The easiest Monument to ride but it’s the most difficult one to win”.

Philipsen wins the final stage of Tirreno-Adriatico

After the fantastic spectacle of last Wednesday – where Jasper Philipsen sprinted to win Stage 3 thanks to van der Poel’s lead-out – yesterday the Belgian rider reached a second victory during the final. Also this time, the support of his Alpecin-Deceuninck teammate was decisive.

The overall race of Tirreno-Adriatico was won by Primoz Roglic, but with these two sprint victories Philipsen conquered the spotlight for next Saturday’s Milan-San Remo.

“We managed to be in a really good position thanks to all the motivation we had from the previous sprint stage – we knew we were able to do it again. The team and Mathieu again did an amazing job,” Philipsen said.

Fantastic victory of Philipsen thanks to Van der Poel’s lead-out

On Wednesday, the last 20 kilometres of Stage 3 of Tirreno-Adriatico 2023 was a rare spectacle. After a predictable battle disputed over almost 200 kilometres between the big ones of the different teams, the unexpected lead-out of Mathieu van der Poel brought Jasper Philipsen to victory. Paved his way by the Dutch teammate, Philipsen could end the race with a great sprint of 150 metres, making Alpecin-Deceuninck achieve its first victory of the season.

Verde Comodoro is back!

FENIX-Deceuninck will race Giro Donne 2023 in Verde Comodoro. The special edition jersey was revealed on Saturday when the team wore it for Strade Bianche, the first Italian Spring Classic of the season.

The iconic FENIX® colour was used for the first time in 2022 for the Alpecin-FENIX (now Alpecin-Deceuninck) kit at Giro d’Italia. This shade of green, which was inspired by the peacefulness of nature, proved once again to be very distinctive amid the white gravel and hilly scenery that characterise the Crete Senesi, where the 9th edition of Strade Bianche Donne took place.

Strong performance by FENIX-Deceuninck with an solid 6th place by Puck Pieterse, in her Women’s WorldTour debut and second road race of the season. A memorable day that also saw Yara Kastelijn finished 15th and Christina Schweinberger 22nd.