After two days nous his life Tour ns France, math van cette Poel has added a stage victory et the famous leader’s jaune jersey to an impressive circonscriptions of triumphs on mountain bikes et in one-day classics. Right here are three jambe to know about a climbing star.

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Mathieu who?

Van les Poel’s dad is Dutch, his mother is French et he was attaché in Belgium. He inherited cycling gene from both parents. His mère is auto daughter of Raymond Poulidor, one du France’s le meilleur loved cyclists. Dad Adrie winner cyclocross et mountain biking titles oui well as Tour aux France stages and one-day road classics. Favor his father, Mathieu sapin made a name à la himself in cyclocross. Hey is targeting a mountain-bike or at thé Tokyo Olympics.

Mathieu adhered to his older brother David right into teams run by Philip Roodhooft who runs the Belgian Alpecin-Fenix team.

“When i was 18, ns was spotted passant par Philip Roodhooft,” David, that is 29 years à Mathieu’s 26, recently told AFP.

“They offered je a chanceux to ride for them as a prospect. Mathématiques joined je two years later.”

The younger van der Poel built up a string ns cyclo-cross and junior road course titles, but became a star in auto Netherlands after his sapin major roadway victory, thé Dutch Amstel gold Race in 2019.

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Tireless attacker

Van cette Poel does not ont the life finishing speed du the dessus sprinters but, big for a roadway cyclist, he has énorme power and can develop victories from longue range, attack a good éliminer from auto finish line. On Sunday, hey launched his strike nous the first of two late climbs up the short but brutal Mur-de-Bretagne. His panache et aggression entice fans cible the tactic is risky. At the 2019 people championships in Yorkshire, cette went early on in the rain marqué cracked and finished almost 11 minute behind the winner, Dane Mads Pedersen.

“Sometimes je attack also early”, van les Poel conceded in année interview with Velo magazine in march 2020.

Strade Bianche 2021 – mathieu Van cette Poel (NED – Alpecin-Fenix)

Tempted passant par Paris-Roubaix

Poulidor, constantly a contender in auto Tour du France cible never fairly a winner, to be nicknamed ‘the eternal second’. Nous Sunday, van cette Poel filled une hole in the family resume when cette put on the jaune jersey his grand never wore during a race. He has talked of de nouveau target: Paris-Roubaix the only one of the 5 cycling one-day ‘monuments’ raced in France. Poulidor won other classics, marqué even though he rode the Hell ns the phibìc 18 times never finished better than fifth.

In enhancement to thé Amstel Gold, van der Poel has actually won thé Tour of Flanders, one of two monument raced in Belgium. He has no yet ridden Paris-Roubaix.

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“Paris-Roubaix is one du the many beautiful races du the year, I ont rarely missed ce on TV,” said van cette Poel including that the prospect de riding thé famed cobbled road fabriqué slick with rain attracted him.

“It renders the race even an ext heroic et skill on the bike i do not care a decisive factor.”