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

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I don't think Pidcock has enough weight and raw watts to win the flat and bumpy Paris Roubaix. Even Pog admits he'd need to gain some weight/muscle for that race and he weighs more than Pidcock.

That might be the hardest for him to win. But his technique is so good thanks to CX and MTB that he might compensate lack of raw power.


Pog is the best classic rider.

Pog is the best overall rider, yes. But MVP is the better classic riders. 2023 alone he won 2 monuments and WC. Only in RVV Poggy won but I can't shake the feeling that MVP used up a lot of strenght to get WVA out of the race while he should have focussed more on Poggy.

Both in MSR & WC he destroyed Pogacar (and Van Aert/Pedersen and/or Ganna). So if it comes to one day races I think MVP is the better man.

But don't get me wrong. I'm actually rooting for poggy & wva to win some more classics :)
 
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That might be the hardest for him to win. But his technique is so good thanks to CX and MTB that he might compensate lack of raw power.




Pog is the best overall rider, yes. But MVP is the better classic riders. 2023 alone he won 2 monuments and WC. Only in RVV Poggy won but I can't shake the feeling that MVP used up a lot of strenght to get WVA out of the race while he should have focussed more on Poggy.

Both in MSR & WC he destroyed Pogacar (and Van Aert/Pedersen and/or Ganna). So if it comes to one day races I think MVP is the better man.

But don't get me wrong. I'm actually rooting for poggy & wva to win some more classics :)
Pog won 2 monumnets too and a few other big wins. Could have won LBL, but we will never know.
Pog wouldn't stand a chance in CX and MTB, so one could argue MVP is a more versatile rider.
 
MVP is without a doubt the best classic riders of this age but to strive for 5 it's better to be a climber/puncher that focusses on one day races than a classic rider that tries to become a better climber. If that makes any sence.
Is that his stated goal? Should it be? Or is he better off trying to pile up P-R and RVV wins?
 
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Is that his stated goal? Should it be? Or is he better off trying to pile up P-R and RVV wins?
At this point in his career, I'd say do nothing in racing or training that jeopardizes his ability to be at his peak for RVV and P-R. After P-R, he should set his mind on being the best MTBer he can be to peak for the Olympic games. He's already shown he can't just show up to a MTB race and win against the best without the proper prep/training.
 

Article in the main page about the two interview's that Van der Poel recently gave to Het Nieuwsblad and Sporza (mentioned by Berniece above).

Van der Poel is planning to ride the same three monuments as last year and could potentially ride LBL too, though that one is still not decided as he understands that it will be a difficult one for him to contest.

Then in the summer, he is still undecided between three possible paths as he is not planning to exit the Tour early like in 2021:

a)
Tour
Olympic RR
Worlds RR

b)
Olympic MTB race
Olympic RR
Vuelta
Worlds RR

c)
Tour
Olympic RR
Vuelta
Worlds RR
 

Article in the main page about the two interview's that Van der Poel recently gave to Het Nieuwsblad and Sporza (mentioned by Berniece above).

Van der Poel is planning to ride the same three monuments as last year and could potentially ride LBL too, though that one is still not decided as he understands that it will be a difficult one for him to contest.

Then in the summer, he is still undecided between three possible paths as he is not planning to exit the Tour early like in 2021:

a)
Tour
Olympic RR
Worlds RR

b)
Olympic MTB race
Olympic RR
Vuelta
Worlds RR

c)
Tour
Olympic RR
Vuelta
Worlds RR
I hope C + LBL!

I presume that both the Tour and the Vuelta will be ridden in preparation for the Olympics and the Worlds, so I may slightly lower my expectations. But wearing that red jersey would be nice, even for a day.
 
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He came in his Lamborghini to his first cross race of the season, and dominated it from lap 1. What more can you say, he is a man on a mission.

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That might be the hardest for him to win. But his technique is so good thanks to CX and MTB that he might compensate lack of raw power.




Pog is the best overall rider, yes. But MVP is the better classic riders. 2023 alone he won 2 monuments and WC. Only in RVV Poggy won but I can't shake the feeling that MVP used up a lot of strenght to get WVA out of the race while he should have focussed more on Poggy.

Both in MSR & WC he destroyed Pogacar (and Van Aert/Pedersen and/or Ganna). So if it comes to one day races I think MVP is the better man.

But don't get me wrong. I'm actually rooting for poggy & wva to win some more classics :)
Well said on all counts. I would like to see him and his team make dedicated efforts to win some more classics as he is far and away the most explosive endurance rider of this generation. When he's on peak it's difficult to be on his wheel and when WVA says that, pay attention. It's also difficult to maintain that peak for any length of time.
What's worth more to us unwashed fans; more CX titles or a more legendary classics palmares? Whatever the choice he seems beyond the reach of any but the absolute strongest and best prepared adversaries.