Mathieu van der Poel Biography
Mathieu van der Poel is a Dutch cyclist, who currently competes in the cyclo-cross, mounting bike racing and road bicycle racing. Van der Poel is best known for winning the Cyclo-Cross World Championships in Tábor in 2015 and in Bogense in 2019
Mathieu van der Poel Age
Van der Poel was born on 19 January 1995
Kapellen, Abtwerp, Belgium. He is 24 years old as of 2019.
Mathieu van der Poel Family
Van der Poel was born in Belgium. His father is Adri who was a six-time national champion and won the world title in 1996. His maternal grandfather Raymond Poulidor, a French cyclist, was a Grand Tour winner at the 1964 Vuelta a España and finished the Tour de France in a runner-up position three times during his career.
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Mathieu van der Poel Career
Van der Poel made his debut in cyclo-cross during the 2009-2010 season, competing in the debutant cadets category. Van der Poel won several local races, and at the national championships in Heerlen, Van der Poel finished the second place, fifteen seconds behind the champion Erik Kramer. Van der Poel ultimately won most of the races the he contested; Van der Poel also combined this with racing on the roads in the summer of 2011, and ultimately won the Dutch Novice Time Trial Championships in Zwartemeer. The following Winter, Van der Poel advanced to the junior ranks, and was even more dominant than the previous season; out of all the races he contested, he failed to finish first on only one occasion, when he finnished third . He was also claimed the junior titles at national, European, and World Championship level, each one by a convincing margin.
During the 2012 road season, Van der Poel achieved his first general classification victory at the Ronde des Vallées; Van der Poel also won the young rider classification at the same race, and also won a similar classification at the Tour du Valromey when he finshed in sixth place overall. Van de Poel was also a member of the Dutch World Champion squad, when he competed in the junior road race; he finished within the 56-rider main group, and finished as the best-placed Dutch rider, in ninth position. Picking up where he left off the previous winter, Van der Poel’s 2012–13 cyclo-cross campaign was flawless; he contested thirty races, and won every single one of them. Having defended his European title in the United Kingdom, Van der Poel maintained his Dutch title in Hilvarenbeek on the same day that his brother David won the under-23 championships. The folowing month, Van der Poel became the first cyclist to defend his junior world title, by winning the race in Louisville, Kentucky, ahead of teammate Martijin Budding. Van der Poel contested several Nations’ Cup Junior events for the Dutch national team in 2013 road season. Van der Poel moved into the under-23 category ahead of the 2013-2014 cyclo-cross season. Van der Poel won in his first race in the class. Van der Poel became the first rider since Niel Albert in 2004 to take an under-23 race victory as a first-year rider. Van der Poel turned professional with the BKCP–Powerplus team at the start of the 2014 season, joining brother David at the squad, having signed a four-year contract. More recently he has begun to compete in the cross-country mountain bike discipline of the sport setting his sights on the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. In 2017 he placed 2nd in the World Cup at Albstadt behind World Champion Nino Schurter. In 2018 he raced a full XCO World Cup season finishing 2nd in the series overall and 3rd at the World Championships in Lenzerheide, Switzerland as well as winning the Dutch National Championship. At the 2018 European Cycling Championships in Glasgow, van der Poel competed in both the cross-country mountain bike and the road race events, winning a silver medal in the latter.
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Editors’ picks for cyclocross worlds: The Mathieu van der Poel show and a wide open women’s race
There is a clear favourite in the men’s race at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships but it’s harder to pick between the top women
January 31st, 2019 by Canadian Cycling Magazine | Posted in News
On Feb. 2 to 3 in Bogense, Denmark the world’s top cyclocross racers gather for two days of racing for rainbows. First up on Saturday are the junior men, under-23 men and elite women. Sunday sees the under-23 women and elite men take to the exposed course that runs along the sea on the Danish island of Funen. It promises to be an exciting weekend of racing with unpredictable cold and damp weather forecast which could see some snow on the course over the weekend. That doesn’t mean our editors won’t try and predict who will win the rainbow jersey:
It’s hard to bet against Mathieu van der Poel after his phenomenal season. Who could imagine him being so dominant during a regular season, only to not win at worlds? Wout van Aert, for one. The Belgian may not beat his perennial rival much in the regular season but, when it comes to worlds, he seems to have van der Poel’s number. Should van Aert pull off the upset again in Bogense, he might start to make the Dutch rider look more like the Vancouver Canucks in their ‘prime’, consistent but never there when it matters, than a star with bad luck.
Another Belgian who knows how to win when it matters is Sanne Cant. The reigning world champion hasn’t been as dominant this year as she has been in the past, but she’s been present at the front every race since the World Cup returned from its visit to America. The potential for a showdown between Lucinda Brand and Marianne Vos, who Cant scored a memorable victory over at Bieles in 2017, could give Cant an advantage.
Maghalie Rochette hasn’t been having a great European campaign so far, with illness and crashes slowing the Canadian champion down. But Rochette is another rider with that knack for pulling out big performances at important races. Her #CXFever carried her to fifth in Bieles, where she landed the best ever world champs finish for a Canadian in the elite race. When Pan-Am champs landed in Canada, Rochette performed under pressure, taking the continental title for the home crowd. It’ll be tough, but it’s still possible for the Canadian to turn fever back into CX Fever for one day in Denmark.
Dan Walker – Social media editor
The only one who’s been pushing van der Poel all year is Toon Aert. With Van der Poel’s mental foibles around the world champs, he looks like the only rider who’s primed to take advantage of the opportunity
Nobody has been on better form than Dutch champ Lucinda Brand as of late. I can’t think of any reason that won’t continue into the world’s race this Saturday. She has the remarkable ability to seemingly come out of nowhere and hit the front of the race. Should you dare leave the couch to grab a cup of coffee you risk missing her race-changing move.
Tune into this week’s full send/ no send segment on the CCM podcast for the explanation of why I think Brand will be the top Canadian at world’s.
Rob Sturney – Web contributor
Van der Poel‘s dominance is going to carry through Sunday, even though I’d love to see Toon Aerts win the World Cup/World Championships double. van der Poel is a force of nature.In the elite women’s race, Brand is going to prevail. Sunweb’s ace took three World Cups and looks on form for Denmark. Maghalie Rochette is the sole Canadian in the elite women’s race and I expect a top-20 on Saturday.
Watch Ruby West take a top-10 place in the U23 women’s race, a championship that will go to Dutch rider Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado who was born in the Dominican-Republic, the revelation of the 2018-2019 World Cup.
Matthew Pioro – Editor
I’m on record, on the podcast, for picking Mathieu van der Poel, although hesitantly. In a way, I feel that picking MvdP to win the world championships is like picking Nairo Quintana to win the Tour de France in, say, 2016: a strong and obvious pick. But unlike Quintana’s winless-at-the-Tour streak, van der Poel has won a CX world champs, back in 2015. He simply hasn’t delivered on world championship race day since then. So, picking MvdP for worlds in 2019 could also be like picking Quintana for the Tour in 2019: a little ambitious based on past results. I hope that’s not the case. I’m going with Mathieu.
On the women’s side, I simply don’t know. Most women’s races I watch as I make breakfast for my family. I’ll check in during the early laps, and then focus on cooking. When I tune back in, the race has usually changed up. I say to my four-year-old daughter, “Holy cow! What happened?!” Her reports are sketchy at best. I’m going to pick Marianne Vos. Except for Koksijde, she’s been consistently on the podium all season. I think that in Bogense, Denmark, the strong and savvy rider will outfox the competition. (See what I did there?)
Philippe Tremblay – Web editor
Picking someone else than Mathieu van der Poel to win the elite men’s race is sheer folly. He’s been exposed three years in a row for being fragile when it comes to winning the rainbow stripes but the Bogense course requires a powerful rider because it has a lot of pedaling and there is no one in cyclocross as strong right now. Also, he rode the ridiculously steep hill on the course at the Bogense World Cup last year so he’ll be confident come Sunday.
Marianne Vos was once unstoppable. She’s regaining some of that swagger this cyclocross season and while she’s been beaten on numerous occasions this season, I think she will take her eighth world cyclocross title on the Bogense course against an otherwise a wide-open field, but it won’t come easy.
Canada has an interesting team in Bogense but I think Pan-Am champion Maghalie Rochette has something to prove to herself in this race. Her European season has been turbulent and she was sick last week in Hoogerheide. I think that will remove some of the pressure from her shoulders and allow her to race alongside the best. If she’s recovered from her illness a top-10 isn’t out of the question.
Adopted from: CANADIAN CYCLING VAGAZINE