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Teams & Riders The "MVP" Mathieu Van der Poel Road Discussion Thread

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Don't forget, after WVA's horrific TT crash in TdF people also suggested he'd never be the same rider again, yet he came back even stronger.
I have no doubt it'll be the same for MvP. A fantastic talent and he'll be back to become winner of RVV or green jersey in TdF or WC. I just hope he takes his time to get back.
 
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To be honest, I've seen quite a few comments like this; I don't want him doing everything to be back in time for those races. I want him to recover properly. Come back when he's sorted; if that means mid season, so be it.
To make myself clear, I just pointed out what I believe to be the most likely scenario which will be rushing his preparation and the recovery of the back injury to ride the cobbled monuments, its not that I support that because I don't know long how long it will take for him to fully recover
 
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To be honest, I've seen quite a few comments like this; I don't want him doing everything to be back in time for those races. I want him to recover properly. Come back when he's sorted; if that means mid season, so be it.
As hard as it is to admit it, I agree with you. Even if he has to miss the entire year or more...as disappointing as that would be, at least we can enjoy watching him longer than a year or two if he properly gets the problem under control.
 
A lot of things going on...

This has to affect him mentally also.

Hope we will see him again, but might take some time.

At this rate it might be better to just sit out the whole spring and first half of the season.
As for the mental part, I'm sure it is killing him not being able to do what he does, but he doesn't strike me as a guy who worries a whole helluva a lot or overthinks stuff. Probably one of his greatest strengths (and sometime weakness) is his massive self-belief and ability to just get on the bike and race the wheels off it. My money is on him continuing to do extraordinary stuff for years to come.
 
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My guess is MVDP is a lot less concerned about all this than the cycling world. He'll be back as strong as ever. As for cycling, it definitely needs MVDP. There's nobody like him in the sport.
Just for the sake of argument, Alaphilippe is similar in his acceleration and his balls-to-the-wall tactics, which is largely why MvDP is so fun to watch. Though I say the big difference in JA is in the Wolfpack so he has to consider his teammates more often, while MvDP considers nothing but power.
 
Just for the sake of argument, Alaphilippe is similar in his acceleration and his balls-to-the-wall tactics, which is largely why MvDP is so fun to watch. Though I say the big difference in JA is in the Wolfpack so he has to consider his teammates more often, while MvDP considers nothing but power.
Although I must admit there are similarities between these two, mostly in that attacking spirit and attitude, I personally see them totally different.
Alaphilippe is a bit of a show-off, he constantly tries to draw attention, whether he has the legs that day or not, and I must admit I find him a bit irritating.
Van Der Poel is not like that, he's letting his legs to do the talking. I don't know if it's his genes or what, but to me he is personification of a bike rider, like cycling is running through his veins.
 
Although I must admit there are similarities between these two, mostly in that attacking spirit and attitude, I personally see them totally different.
Alaphilippe is a bit of a show-off, he constantly tries to draw attention, whether he has the legs that day or not, and I must admit I find him a bit irritating.
Van Der Poel is not like that, he's letting his legs to do the talking. I don't know if it's his genes or what, but to me he is personification of a bike rider, like cycling is running through his veins.

Yea MVDP is a no nonsense kind of a rider while Alaphillipe comes across more like a little diva, He could easily cut all the BS, he doesnt really need it at all.

Im usually not in favour of the superstars of any sport, always rooting for outsiders to win but with VDP its different.

Now I don't know if he will comeback stronger. Back and knees (or any time joints are involved) are the kind of issues you might not recover from totally. With him his age might be somewhat deceiving, he has been around for quite some time already. I feel like mileagewise 26 for him might be like 30 for riders of previous generations.
 
I really don't get how Alaphilippe comes across as a diva. He's one of the few riders with some flair and obvious personality if that's what you mean...
A diva is someone who demands priviliges for themselves because they think they are more special than others... always wants special treatment... makes a fuss about things... Ala does none of these things.
 
I really don't get how Alaphilippe comes across as a diva. He's one of the few riders with some flair and obvious personality if that's what you mean...
A diva is someone who demands priviliges for themselves because they think they are more special than others... always wants special treatment... makes a fuss about things... Ala does none of these things.
I agree, another rider on his team comes to mind with what you just wrote though but that is neither here nor there.
 
Yea MVDP is a no nonsense kind of a rider while Alaphillipe comes across more like a little diva, He could easily cut all the BS, he doesnt really need it at all.

Im usually not in favour of the superstars of any sport, always rooting for outsiders to win but with VDP its different.

Now I don't know if he will comeback stronger. Back and knees (or any time joints are involved) are the kind of issues you might not recover from totally. With him his age might be somewhat deceiving, he has been around for quite some time already. I feel like mileagewise 26 for him might be like 30 for riders of previous generations.
True, he's been around at the top level for a long time - WC CX at 19. But the upside is that at 27 (soon) he doesn't have a GT in his legs. Crazy to think, but if this guys heals up, he could get even stronger.
 

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