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

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How may Monuments would MVDP have by now if he started full bore in the Spring Classics in say 2017 at 22? Nowadays there is no way they would have let him stay strictly CX. I still say one of his trademark wins is the 2018 Dutch NC when he was in the break all day, got caught, and then basically steamrolled everyone to win the sprint. The killer instinct and "it's my right to win" on full display.
Looking back, it's crazy that by 2016 QS or Lotto hadn't offered him and Wout a WT contract they couldn't refuse. Was CX really that lucrative?
 
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Looking back, it's crazy that by 2016 QS or Lotto hadn't offered him and Wout a WT contract they couldn't refuse. Was CX really that lucrative?

There were rumours back in 2016 that Team Sky were already making contacts with him (that is said back in the first posts of this topic).

The truth is back than he considered road racing "boring" and prefered a dual career CX/MTB to CX/Road. Only in 2019 this started to somewhat change.
 
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There were rumours back in 2016 that Team Sky were already making contacts with him (that is said back in the first posts of this topic).

The truth is back than he considered road racing "boring" and prefered a dual career CX/MTB to CX/Road. Only in 2019 this started to somewhat change.
The first few pages ARE a good review. Even Wout casting shade on road racing. The fact is those two have imposed themselves on the peloton since then
 
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Although they shared a lot of peak years, it seemed like one was often hurt or perhaps had a mech/crash or something to kill the H2H several years. For example, where was Cancellara in 2012 when Boonen smashed everyone - can't recall why he wasn't in the picture that year.
He crashed in the feed zone at Flanders...and was out the rest of the spring. (broken collar bone????)
 
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Looking back, it's crazy that by 2016 QS or Lotto hadn't offered him and Wout a WT contract they couldn't refuse. Was CX really that lucrative?
MvdP is not like Sagan, who spent the whole year from January to November drilling at the front of the peloton, for which he was paid handsomely. MvdP concentrates only on the biggest races. It might have been a big risk to offer him a very big contract that he couldn't refuse. Looking back at MvdP's road results in recent years, it would have been worth the risk, but who would have predicted in 2016 that he would become the best classics rider?!
 
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Looking back, it's crazy that by 2016 QS or Lotto hadn't offered him and Wout a WT contract they couldn't refuse. Was CX really that lucrative?
Well I think those 2, back then, got a startiing fee close to 10000€/race. Add a couple of 10k more for superprestige gc + their normal contract wages and, yes, it is thát lucrative for the top dogs.
 
MvdP to UAE, confirmed

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