WHO’S BETTER? NINO SCHURTER OR MATHIEU VAN DER POEL

Checking out the MTB Data for two of the top racers of today

Every once in a while, we like to see how two racers compare to each other when we look at their past results. We did that the other day with Tom Pidcock and Nino Schurter, and we’re doing it again today with Mathieu van der Poel and Nino, with the help of the MTB DATA website.

We remember 2019, when Van der Poel beat Nino in nine of their 10 races on the UCI World Cup circuit that year, but we wanted to see how they’ve done when all their races together are examined from 2016 to 2024. We can’t guarantee that MTB DATA has included all their races together, but it looks like a complete list to us, so we thought we’d share it here.

The mtbdata.com website is a handy place to check and see how the top racers stack up against each other, comparing their results when they were in the same races together.

Below you can see what Mtbdata.com showed for Mathieu van der Poel and Nino Schurter when we checked that website’s records this week to see which rider has won the most times when they’ve raced against each other in the same events.

In 2023, Nino beat Van der Poel both times in their two races together.

In 2022, they didn’t have any races together.

In 2021, Van der Poel beat Nino three times. Nino beat Van der Poel two times.

In 2020, Nino and Van der Poel didn’t have any races together.

In 2019, Van der Poel beat Nino nine times; Nino beat Van der Poel one time.

In 2018, Van der Poel beat Nino five times, while Nino beat Van der Poel seven times. For the 2018 World Championships, MTB DATA shows two entries. In one of them, they show Nino took first and Van der Poel took third. In the second entry for the same weekend, they show Nino and Van der Poel both getting DNFs. We’re not sure what even that refers to. The Short Track XCC events with the official UCI World Championship designation didn’t take place until 2021, when Christopher Blevins won the first one.

In 2017, Nino beat Van der Poel four times; Van der Poel didn’t win any of their races that year. (That was the year where Nino won all of the World Cup XCO races as well as the World Championships, to complete a perfect year.

In 2016, Van der Poel didn’t beat Nino once; Nino won all three of their matchups that year.

When you look at all those races combined, Nino beat Van der Poel in 19 of their 36 matchups, and Van der Poel beat Nino 17 times out of their 36 times of racing each other.

We were hoping that Van der Poel would race against Nino in the Olympics this summer, but Van der Poel has said that he’s going to race the Tour de France, then skip the Olympic mountain bike race to rest up for the road cycling event in the Olympics.

Mathieu van der Poel should be one of the top contenders in the Tour de France, which starts later this month and finishes up on July 21st. Van der Poel has already won two of the most prestigious road cycling events this year—the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix—so it’ s not hard to guess what he’d like to do in the Tour de France.

It’s too bad we won’t get to see him racing in the Olympic mountain bike race. It would have been an epic race if Nino Schurter, Tom Pidcock and Mathieu van der Poel were all battling for gold in the Olympic mountain bike competition this year.

Here’s the link to view the MTB DATA website with their comparison of Mathieu van der Poel and Nino Schurter:

https://mtbdata.com/rider-vs-rider/mathieu-van-der-poel/vs/nino-schurter

One of the cool features about their website is that you can click on the races in the middle column, and you’ll go right to the results from that race.

 

 

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