A consistent source of speculation in Belgium, he’s been single for the majority of his career. And I think that was a little bit the problem the previous years, that I wasn’t strong enough to hold the gap.”. He leads the UCI rankings and the World Cup series, with his sights set on the 2018 world championships, followed by a break, and then the 2018 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup series. Whether it’s bunnyhopping barriers, throwing a tailwhip on a flyover, or popping a wheelie across the finish line, Van der Poel is equal parts professional athlete and a young man who still just takes joy in riding his bike. However, as they were passing an organisation motorbike that was on the right-hand side of the road, disaster struck Alaphilippe. Basketball has Michael Jordan. “If Mathieu’s shape isn’t 100%, then for him it’s not possible for him to go in 100%, whatever that 100% still is,” Schotte said. In today’s peloton of specialization, Mathieu Van der Poel is that rare athlete capable of winning major races across all disciplines. [10], Born in Kapellen – located in the Antwerp province of Belgium – Van der Poel comes from a family of professional cyclists; his brother David is also prominent in cyclo-cross racing, winning the 2013 National Under-23 Championships in Hilvarenbeek.
On the tricky cobbled descent away from it, he was joined by Van der Poel. All of a sudden the line was there and I had to jump. “In the beginning, when I was very young and I started racing, it was a big advantage to have someone like my dad who knew what it was like, and he helped me a lot,” he said. [26], Van der Poel booked stage victories at the Ain'Ternational–Rhône Alpes–Valromey Tour; riding for Enerthem-BKCP, he won a five-rider sprint on the opener,[27] and defeated France's Elie Gesbert in a head-to-head finish on the final stage,[28] to take the overall race victory by almost half a minute from Gesbert. That, however, was before the 2016-17 season got heavy. More recently he has begun to compete in the cross-country cycling discipline of the sport setting his sights on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. This is not, however, a story about Mathieu Van der Poel’s diverse collection of jerseys. In addition to competing in the road race, Van der Poel contested the junior time trial race for the Netherlands, along with Sam Oomen. When we are outside of the race, we can talk. “I did it mostly because I did not race the World Cup in Italy and spent two weeks training in Spain. It’s worth noting that no one beat Schurter at any of the six XCO World Cups in 2017. The Van der Poel family, and the guys near to him, they don’t talk about that, but somewhere deep down, inside, it’s all about Grand Tour racing, though he will never express that.”. “It’s something I do in training as well, it’s something I enjoy doing. Then again, Van der Poel said he only rode his mountain bike “15 or 20 times” in 2017. Van Baarle and Bardet kept their sortie going on to the Koppenberg, where Anthony Turgis (Total Direct Energie) joined them, the Frenchman then pushing on alone. Regardless, it was love at first sight, and they married two years later. [30] At the Trophée Centre Morbihan, Van der Poel won the race overall,[31] having defended the race lead from the start, after winning a head-to-head sprint against Belarus' Aliaksandr Riabushenko on the opening stage.

Schurter said he supports Van der Poel’s decision to aim for an Olympic mountain-bike medal, but he also questions how long he can focus on cyclocross and cross-country. Later that year he won the Dutch elite national road and TT titles, and he switched to road the following season.

The fact that Wout started late was a sign that he too was tired to death. [34] In the road race, Van der Poel attacked on the final lap,[35] and bridged up to the race leader Franck Bonnamour of France; he later distanced him on the final climb of Via Salviati – around 5 km (3.1 mi) from the finish – and soloed away to win the gold medal,[4] ahead of Pedersen and Albania's Nikaj Iltjan.[36][37]. Instead it’s a story about a young man who may just be the most talented bike racer on the planet.

He is still so young that there is no problem with this at all.”. “That’s difficult to say,” Vos said. (He did, however, win seven of eight Hansgrohe Superprestige series events, and the overall title.

You have to be quick in reaction, and you need to have the skills and the ability to keep the car on the road.

England and Wales company registration number 2008885. But he’s also a good time trialist and a good climber, so why not? In the end, I’m the one who needs to do it for another ten years. [43] He won a silver medal at the UEC European Cyclo-cross Championships in Mladá Boleslav in the Czech Republic,[44] finishing 23 seconds behind winner Michael Vanthourenhout. “He’s just an ordinary guy, still eating normal stuff like that in the middle of his cyclocross career.

That’s maybe a bit difficult.”. So what lacks for the moment, is that those two guys don’t have the maturity yet of the champs like Niels Albert and Sven Nys at the time. Once more, though, the peloton responded and it all came back together on the cobbles of Marieborrestraat. Whatever the reason, there’s no question that Van der Poel spends the majority of his time alone, at the front of the race. Just ask Sven Nys or Niels Albert, two stars of cyclocross who never translated that success to other disciplines. Van der Poel is the superior bike handler; Van Aert is the better runner. 3: Classements", "Final Results / Résultats finaux: Road Race Men Juniors / Course en ligne Hommes Junior", "Van der Poel termine la saison invaincu!

“I’m in love with my cars.”. "Broers Van der Poel worden prof bij BKCP", Vlaamse Radio- en Televisieomroeporganisatie, "Corendon-Circus maakt plannen voor 2019 bekend! Take, for example, the week of May 21-28, 2017. He puts a lot of effort in it. Others suggested there was subtle intimidation at work — that Van der Poel holds the mental advantage, and that the nonstop talk of his dominance is chipping away at Van Aert’s confidence as much as what happens on the race course. “When Wout became world champion in Hoogerheide on the course that my father had plotted, I did not hear anyone! However a crash in the final lap of the November 12 Superprestige Gavere sent him back to his knee surgeon, this time for cleaning, stitches, and an evaluation. ‘till thursday! He’s not just a winner, he’s an entertainer. Van der Poel is tall (6 foot) and not light (165 pounds) by WorldTour standards. “You don’t have to look far for an explanation, it’s simply in the genes,” Schotte said. He’s expressed interest in the Spring Classics, while some view him as a future GC contender. Future Publishing Limited Quay House, The Ambury, Always complaining.” He also used the hashtag #janker, which roughly translates to “whiner.”, Toen Wout wereldkampioen werd in Hoogerheide op het rondje dat mijn vader had uitgezet, hoorde ik niemand! “Some say my father pushes a big stamp on my career,” Van der Poel told De Telegraaf recently. Mathieu van der Poel (born 19 January 1995) is a Dutch cyclist, who currently rides for UCI ProTeam Alpecin–Fenix. Can this UK-designed scandium frame compete with carbon on longer rides and epic road adventures? “You have to have the feeling for it, and Mathieu picks it up quite easily. “I absolutely agree with him to stay with cyclocross and mountain bike through 2020,” Stybar said. [11], The following month from his Dutch title, Van der Poel became the first cyclist to defend his junior world title, by winning the race in Louisville, Kentucky, ahead of teammate Martijn Budding. In a finish for the ages, the duel that we all wanted to see saw Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) outsprint Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) by … Mathieu Van der Poel’s long arms aloft in a victory salute, a smile across his face, with no one else in the frame. They told me about it, but I didn’t believe it,” he said.

The 2017-18 season was the first in three years that began without a knee surgery. If Van Aert wouldn’t be able to cope with losing against Mathieu, he never would do stuff like that. If he continues riding cyclocross and mountain bike full gas, I don’t know how long he will last.”, Zdenek Stybar, who jumped from cyclocross to road at age 26, agrees with Van der Poel’s decision to postpone a road career. Still, even starting from the back row, Sagan had a legitimate shot at a medal, as did several others who punctured out of contention.

[51] He achieved his first professional victory at the Boels Classic Internationale Cyclo-cross in Heerlen, beating closest rivals Thijs van Amerongen and Rob Peeters. The new generation had arrived.

He won several local races, and at the National Championships in Heerlen, Van der Poel finished in second place, fifteen seconds behind the champion Erik Kramer. A crash at the 2015 Tour de l’Avenir left him with lingering knee pain, and in October of that year doctors removed inflamed fasciae that covered the patellar tendon, delaying the start of his cyclocross season. 4: Classements", "UCI Juniors Nations Cup: France takes the lead in Brittany", "Holländer Mathieu van der Poel überlegener Sieger — GP Rüebliland ging in Brugg zu Ende", "Logan Owen came close, but picked "the wrong moment to go, "Decraene earns junior title for Belgium", "Mathieu van der Poel wins junior men's road race title", "Van der Poel wins junior men's world title", "Mathieu van der Poel confirms cross talent to take junior road rainbow", "Mathieu Van Der Poel v. Logan Owen: A tale of two juniors whose ending has yet to be written", "Mathieu van der Poel meteen beste belofte in Ronse", "Vanthourenhout wins World Cup in Valkenburg", "Mathieu van der Poel prevails in Tabor World Cup", "Van der Poel quickly transitions to top of U23 cyclo-cross", "Van der Poel victorious in first Superprestige round", "Van der Poel kan kunststukje niet herhalen bij EK beloften", "Young crossers Van der Poel and Van Aert confirming talent", "Albert triumphs in Scheldecross at Antwerp in BKCP sweep", "Fotofinish bezorgt Niels Albert zege tegen Mathieu Van der Poel", "Mathieu van der Poel wins Superprestige Diegem", "Van der Poel powers to World Cup victory in Rome", "Mathieu van der Poel wins Boels Classic Internationale Cyclo-cross Heerlen", "Mathieu van der Poel wint Ronde van Limburg", https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Mathieu_van_der_Poel&oldid=985681120, UCI Road World Championships cyclists for the Netherlands, Articles with dead external links from February 2018, Articles with permanently dead external links, Articles with dead external links from January 2018, Short description is different from Wikidata, Wikipedia articles in need of updating from January 2020, All Wikipedia articles in need of updating, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 27 October 2020, at 09:27.

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