Meet The Riders And Their Rides: Mathieu van der Poel
Meet The Riders And Their Rides
Mathieu van der Poel
Van der Poel finished second overall in the World Cup’s XCO rankings the past two years. He beat Nino Schurter 9 out of 10 times in their 2019 World Cup match-ups when the Short-Track (XCC) races are included. Photo: Canyon Cycles
Some of the greatest cyclists in history are predicting that Mathieu van der Poel will be ranked among them in the years ahead. Five-time Tour de France winner Eddy Merckx recently predicted that Mathieu van der Poel will win the Tour de France in the future. Said Merckx, 74, “Van der Poel can win everything, even the Tour.” Van der Poel is widely considered the most talented cyclist on the planet.
Merckx, who is tied for the record of the most Tour de France wins in history with Jacques Anquetil, Bernard Hinault and Miguel Indurain, is considered the greatest competitive cyclist in history. Nevertheless, some people think that Mathieu van der Poel’s career could someday eclipse even that of Eddy Merckx.
That type of success is still years away, of course. Van der Poel is only 25, and he’s still in the early part of his pro racing career. One thing is certain, though, Mathieu van der Poel is a force to be reckoned with.
Name: Mathieu van der Poel
Birthdate: January 19, 1995
Birthplace: Kapellen, Antwerp, Belgium
Height: 1.84 m (6 feet, 1/2 inch)
Weight: 75 kg (165 pounds)
Shoe size: 11
Helmet size: L
Waist: 81 EU (32-inch U.S.)
Marital status: Single
Car(s): Maserati Levante four-door
Started racing or competing: Age 5
Turned pro: 2014
Racing/riding specialty: Cycling (cyclocross, MTB, road)
Favorite course or riding area (North America): Whistler, B.C.
Favorite course or riding area (Europe): Lenzerheide, Switzerland
Favorite food: Oatmeal