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by Shane Stokes
May 31, 2017
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Winner of stage 2 in the Baloise Belgium Tour and then taking second in last weekend’s mountainbike World Cup race in Albstadt, Germany, Mathieu Van der Poel has underlined his standing as one of the most versatile cyclists in the sport. Clocking up the two results in less than a week adds to his past world championship victories in road and cyclo-cross.
The sole rider ahead of him in the MTB World Cup event was current world champion Nino Schurter, and he has been clear in his praise for the 22-year-old Dutchman.
“It’s good to see young blood is coming to the sport,” he said. “I have to say I’m very impressed the way Mathieu was racing. Especially after doing the Tour of Belgium on the road in between World Cup races. Also technically he’s got it. It would be nice to see him more often in our sport.”
Van der Poel is the son of former top pro Adri Van der Poel, who was himself an accomplished road race and cyclocross rider. He won the senior cyclocross world championships in Tábor in 2015, the junior cyclo-cross world championships in Koksijde and Louisville in 2012 and 2013, and the junior road world championships in Florence, Italy, in 2013.
Prior to his Tour of Belgium stage win and second place in Albstadt last weekend, he was eighth in the Nove Mesto round of the MTB World Cup.