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The Mathieu Van der Poel Mountainbike Thread

15 Feb 2016 18:45

Mathieu Van der Poel announced a few weaks ago that he would mountainbike this season in order to get a selection for the Olympics. I am a die-hard anti-Olympics advocate but I’d certainly like to keep track of his campaign. It will all start on February 25 at the Cyprus Sunshine Cup. His ambition there is to grab UCI points in order to get a better start position for the first World Cup events. He needs one top6 in a World Cup or two top12’s.

http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/van-der-poel-to-start-mountain-bike-campaign-in-cyprus/
http://www.mountainbike.be/media/detail/videos/20160208-mathieu-van-der-poel-039-mountainbike-is-logische-keuze-039-

I’ve followed Van der Poel’s career ever since the novice category but I don’t recall him ever mountainbiking. Perhaps I missed a thing. But a prodigy like him can certainly gets a selection.
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15 Feb 2016 21:09

Interesting. I don't recall Mahtieu mountainbiking either, but it will be interesting to see how well he does. :)
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16 Feb 2016 19:44

First step, Cyprus Sunshine Cup.
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16 Feb 2016 23:07

There is no doubt that he has the legs, and likely the skills so...
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25 Feb 2016 16:06

First day as a mountain biker -> 10th place at the first stage of the Sunshine Cup (3900m time trial)

1st Florian Vogel - 9'25.349
2nd Grant Ferguson - +0.219
3rd Marcel Guerrini - +6.126
4th Fabian Giger - +6.920
5th Matthias Stirnemann - +8.700
6th Maxime Marotte - +10.232
7th Marco Aurelio Fontana - +11.068
8th Nicola Rohrbach - +13.941
9th Bartlomiej Wawak - +16.921
10th Mathieu Van der Poel - +17.124
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Re: The Mathieu Van der Poel Mountainbike Thread

26 Feb 2016 11:31

Second day: First place for MvdP :D
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26 Feb 2016 12:07

I wish he had the same passion for the road as he has for CX and MTB. He could be the new Sagan.

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26 Feb 2016 14:40

He said in an interview he enjoys MTB more than road racing.

http://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/142545/van-der-poel-went-snel-aan-mountainbike.html
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26 Feb 2016 16:43

I still believe it's a matter of time before he turns to the road.

Mathieu appears to me like a highly ambitious guy, and he knows that he can't be a dominant force in the road yet.

His grandpa (Poulidor) said a few months ago that VdP climbs better now that Merckx with his age so I believe the pressure to turn the road is high in his house too. :P
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26 Feb 2016 20:30

It sure didn't take this kid long to find the top of the box! For what is worth though, he is at peak fitness and the mountain bike guys are just building, plus the top three weren't there. This kid has BIG potential!
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26 Feb 2016 20:35

GP Blanco wrote:He said in an interview he enjoys MTB more than road racing.

http://www.wielerflits.nl/nieuws/142545/van-der-poel-went-snel-aan-mountainbike.html


Clearly a very smart kid! :D
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26 Feb 2016 20:45

Ricco' wrote:I still believe it's a matter of time before he turns to the road.

Mathieu appears to me like a highly ambitious guy, and he knows that he can't be a dominant force in the road yet.

His grandpa (Poulidor) said a few months ago that VdP climbs better now that Merckx with his age so I believe the pressure to turn the road is high in his house too. :P

Merckx in present day would not even be a top 50 climber. The progression in the modern day is that big. There is no comparison.
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27 Feb 2016 11:43

MVP 4th in today's stage.

1st Luca Braidot
2nd Florian Giger
3rd Jaroslav Kulhavy
4th Mathieu Van der Poel

Source: David Van der Poel tweet
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Re: The Mathieu Van der Poel Mountainbike Thread

27 Feb 2016 13:18

Mathieu is "the best thing that happened to cycling in recent years." "It is clear that his on-bike and off-bike presence is very refreshing and he is drawing more fans and media attention to the sport". :)

I mean who among the PRR section regulars knew about the Sunshine Cup before? Certainly not me. In less than 48 hours he put the race on the map. It's amazing.

Mathieu is definitely not hurried to focus primarily on the road. First he's still under contract with BKCP until end 2017. At the time he extended that contract two years ago it surprised many because that meant that his road calendar would still be limited to the BKCP road agenda. Besides, in the post-race interview in Zolder, he distinctly claimed that Wout Van Aert would be his main rival for the years to come. The journalist, Karl Vannieuwkerke noticed that phrase because actually here in Belgium there's more pressure to retain him in the fields than to have him focus on the major road races. But this is not needed because Mathieu enjoys cyclocross more than anything, especially the training part. Mind you, I also distinctly remember Lars van der Haar rejecting a suggestion to focus on the road because "road racing is boring!" (interview following his first U23 World title), that was fair & square! Vintage Lars! Why would you focus 100% to the road work when you can make a living in the fields? Cyclocross is now so popular, gets so much TV coverage, at least here in Belgium, that it pays a lot better than 20 years ago. When Paul Herijgers (who also was an accomplished mountainbiker) stopped his career, he had to resume his job as a bricklayer to earn his bread. Sven Nys obviously wouldnt need that. Niels Albert also had talent for the road, he was a lot more talented than Stybar as a U23 rider but he would systematically extend his contract with BKCP and thereby renounce to a possible road career because he felt good in that team. Of course you can earn a lot more money on the road but if you can have a decent living by racing cross, combine it with mountainbike (and a few good road races such as the Tour of Belgium), the way Mathieu does, why change? Because he never would have his dad's palmares? Anyway his career is his own. :) And I find it a wonderful idea of his to go mountainbiking...
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Re: The Mathieu Van der Poel Mountainbike Thread

28 Feb 2016 13:52

No news of stage 3? Vogel won, I think.

Highlights of Mathieu's win: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiRu_h4KXkk :)
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28 Feb 2016 23:02

Mathieu, after a fall, came from position 45 to position 3 in last stage, in XCO format.

Finished the overall in 4th, 1'42'' down on the winner, Fabian Giger and just 18 seconds away from the second place.

Next stop: Algarve Bike Challenge, Tavira, Portugal. March 4th to 6th.
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29 Feb 2016 17:50

Nice to see he's doing so well.

Thanks for the highlights @Echoes
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Re: The Mathieu Van der Poel Mountainbike Thread

05 Mar 2016 15:55

Mathieu pulled out of the Algarve Bike Challenge. He realised that though his cross season was short, it nonetheless was intense. He opted for a short rest period in order to build up for the first World Cup event in Cairns, Australia, mid April. The stages in Algarve were all 100+ km.

He also said he surprised himself. Former Olympic champion Bart Brentjens and Marco Aurelio Fontana were really impressed by Mathieu's skills, says Roodhooft.
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30 Mar 2016 07:52

http://m.nieuwsblad.be/cnt/dmf20160329_02208994

"He has no training and no personal trainer. Mathieu does what he wants."

Is this translation from Google right? If it's true, I find it amazing that Mathieu can achieve this level of results without proper guidance in his training.
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Re: The Mathieu Van der Poel Mountainbike Thread

31 Mar 2016 15:20

"Hij heeft geen trainingsschema". He's got no training plan, no training programme... That's indeed what father Adrianus is saying in the video. He's saying that Mathieu would still train in a playful/amateur way for two years and hopes he could get to the road afterwards but combine it with cyclocross. He wants his son to show that it is possible to do it.

Edwig Van Hooydonck seems to regret that such a talent just contend with cyclocross and mountainbike. Nice to see that Edwig has lost weight since he claimed to abstain from eating fries. :D

By the way Mathieu upcoming calendar in mountainbike is known: http://www.mountainbike.be/nieuws/detail/algemeen/20160313-mathieu-van-der-poel-gaat-resoluut-voor-olympisch-ticket



Pearl Izumi Cup in Beringen, April 10
Cairns, Australia, World Cup, April 24
BeMC Mountainbike Challenge, May 13 to 15 (3 stages around La Roche-en Ardennes)
European Championship in Husqvarna, May 8
Albstadt, World Cup, May 22
La Bresse, World Cup, May 29
World Championship in Nove Mesto, July 3

Unfortunately, the Tour of Belgium is not on Mathieu schedule since it clashes with La Bresse. Or well, let's assume that Mathieu gets top6 in Cairns, he might reconsider this. :)

By the way, the article suggests that Rudi van Houts would be the most likely first selected in the Dutch field but I thought that the Dutch #1 in mountainbike was Michiel Van der Heijden? &#63
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