Meet The Riders And Their Rides: Mathieu van der Poel

 

 

1. Mathieu van der Poel (Ned) 49.8km in 1 hr. 47 min. 49 sec.

2. Fabian Giger (Zwi) – 1″

3. Grant Ferguson (GBr) – 4″

4. Bartłomiej Wawak (Pol) – 9″

5. Luca Braidot (Ita) – 25″

6. Maxime Marotte (Fra) – 31″

7. Jaroslav Kulhavy (Tsj) – 35″

8. Nicola Rohrbach (Zwi) – 36″

9. José Antonio Hermida (Spa)

10. Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita)

[Editor’s note: Kulhavy was the Olympic mountain biking gold medalist in 2012 and UCI world champion in 2014; Hermida was the UCI’s Elite Men’s XCO world champion in 2010.]

Van der Poel topped the Elite Men’s XCO podium at Lenzerheide, Switzerland, in 2019, with Henrique Avancini (left) in second) and Nino Schurter (right) in third. Photo: Bartek Wolinski/Red Bull Content Pool

MBA: What have been your best national and international results on a mountain bike?

MVDP:

• European champion XCO 2019

• World Cup XCO Nove Mesto 2019 [first place]

• World Cup XCO Val di Sole 2019 [first place]

• World Cup XCO Lenzerheide 2019 [first place]

• World Cup XCC Albstadt 2019 [first place]

• World Cup XCC Nove Mesto 2019 [first place]

• World Cup XCC Les Gets 2019 [first place]

• World Cup XCC Val di Sole 2019 [first place]

• World Cup XCC Lenzerheide 2019 [first place]

• Dutch champion XCO 2018

XCO = Cross Country

XCC = Short Track

MBA: What other sports do you enjoy besides mountain biking?

MVDP: I like motorsports; car racing and motocross.

MBA: If possible, can you tell us something interesting or unusual about yourself or your family that is not widely known.

MVDP: That I combined cycling a long time with soccer, and I was not a bad soccer player when I was young. I got the chance to playtest games at Royal Antwerp FC (first division Belgium) Belgium and Willem II (first division Netherlands). I was even part of the Talent Academy of Willem II. But in the end, I chose cycling. I preferred the individual character of winning in cycling, while in soccer you are too dependent on teammates. Of course, in cycling, you need your teammates, too!

 


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