Mathieu van der Poel recovers from crash for stunning cycling road race world title win

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Flying Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel produces an extraordinary performance, picking himself up from a crash to win the world road race crown in Glasgow.

Australia News, Australia Headlines van der Poel has delivered a triumph for the ages at the world cycling championships, picking himself off the ground after a crash to solo to victory in the men's road race in Glasgow.SILVER: Wout van Aert (Belgium)The flying Dutchman was just over half a minute ahead of a super-elite group with 16.

Yet despite being bloodied, with a ripped shirt and a damaged, loose right shoe, van der Poel picked himself up and continued to power on, fuelled seemingly by anger, to take victory by an astonishing 1 minute and 37 seconds. "This means everything, one of the biggest goals I had left and to win it is amazing. It almost completes my career in my opinion — I can't imagine riding in the rainbow (stripes as world champion) for the year."

Only brought in as a late replacement for Caleb Ewan just two days before the race, the 23-year-old Sydney prospect finished a remarkable seventh after also being part of the early nine-man breakaway which led for a long while even after the interruption.

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