Mathieu van der Poel is a Dutch cyclist who rides for the UCI WorldTeam Alpecin–Deceuninck. In 2021, Van der Poel competed in his first Grand Tour, the 2021 Tour de France. Here he managed to win the second stage and get the yellow jersey.
Mathieu van der Poel Personal Life
Mathieu van der Poel was born on 19 January 1995 in Kapellen, Flanders, Belgium to Adri van der Poel, a retired Dutch cyclist, and Corinne Poulidor. He has an elder brother named David van der Poel, a Dutch road and cyclo-cross cyclist. He is the grandson of a French cyclist, a French professional racing cyclist.
Mathieu van der Poel Career
Van der Poel made his cyclocross debut in the 2009–2010 season, competing in the novice ranks. He won several local races, and at the national championships in Heerlen, Van der Poel finished second, 15 seconds behind champion Erik Kramer. In the 2010–11 season, Van der Poel won most of his races; he also combined it with road racing in the summer of 2011 and won the Dutch Novice Time Trial Championship in Zwartemeer.
The following winter, Van der Poel rose through the junior ranks and was even more dominant than the previous season; of all the races he entered, he failed to finish first only four times. He also won the junior titles at the National, European and World Championships by a convincing margin.
In the 2012 road season, Van der Poel took his first overall win at the Ronde des Vallées; he also won the young rider event in the same race. Van der Poel was part of the Dutch World Cup team when he competed in the junior road race; he finished ninth in the main group with 56 riders and was the best-placed Dutch rider.
During the 2013 road season, Van der Poel participated in several Junior Nations Cups for the Dutch national team. At the Course de la Paix, Van der Poel won the opening stage in a field of six riders; he held the race lead until the following day when Mads Pedersen took the lead for the rest of the race in an individual race around Třebenice. Van der Poel finished third behind Pedersen and Logan Owen.
His next appearance was at the Général Patton Grand Prix, where he soloed – with 14 km (8.7 mi) to go – in the second and final stage of the race at Wincrange to take a six-second victory en route to second place overall, was five seconds behind the winner of the race, the Danish Christoffer Lisson. In the process, he also won the points and mountains subcategories. Van der Poel took the overall victory at the Trophée Center Morbihan, defending the race lead from the start after winning a head-to-head sprint against Alexander Riabushenko of Belarus in the opening stage.
Before the World Championship, Van der Poel dominated the Grand Prix Rüebliland, winning the opening three of the four stages of the competition. He won the three-rider sprint in Bettwil and won the opening stage, then took a solo victory the following day in Leutwil, and won the 9 km individual time trial in Hunzenschwil. Pedersen beat Van der Poel in the last time trial of the sprint, but Van der Poel did enough to win the race overall by 46 seconds ahead of Pedersen.
Van der Poel moved up to the under-23 category ahead of the 2013–14 cyclocross season. In his first race in the class, Van der Poel won the BPost Bank Trophy GP Mario De Clercq at Ronse, beating nearest rival Gianni Vermeersch by twelve seconds. After finishing third in his first World Cup race, Van der Poel won the second round of the season in Tábor, Czech Republic, again beating Vermeersch by three seconds. Meanwhile, Van der Poel became the first rider since Niels Albert in 2004 to win an under-23 race as a first-year rider. He had a clean sweep of the major cyclocross events, winning the Ruddervoorden Superprestige the following day, taking his rivals home by almost a minute. He won the silver medal at the UEC Cyclocross European Championships in Mladá Boleslav, Czech Republic, finishing 23 seconds behind winner Michael Vanthourenhout. Van der Poel secured the under-23 world title with his fourth win of the season at the Romano Scott Memorial in Rome.
He took his first professional victory at the Boels Classic Internationale Cyclo-cross in Heerlen, ahead of his closest rivals Thijs van Amerongen and Rob Peeters. Van der Poel finished seventh in his first senior road race at Omloop der Kempen, which ended with a sprint in Veldhoven. Just a few weeks later, he secured his first professional victory away from home, winning the Ronde van Limburg. He began competing in mountain biking after targeting the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
In 2017, he finished second behind World Champion Nino Schurter at the World Championships in Albstadt. In 2018, he participated in the entire World Cup season, finishing second overall in the series and third in the Lenzerheide World Cup, as well as winning the Dutch championship. At the 2018 European Cycling Championships in Glasgow, Van der Poel competed in the mountain bike and road events, winning a silver medal in the latter.
In 2021, Van der Poel competed in his first Grand Tour, the 2021 Tour de France. Here he managed to win the second stage and get the yellow jersey, which he wore for six days. He also secured the King of the Hill jersey at that stage, which he held for a day. Van der Poel competed in the mountain bike event at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo. The event had seven rounds, but he fell in the first round when he forgot that the ramp had been removed. He managed to stay in the race, but retired after the sixth lap, unable to make up any lost time. Van der Poel did not defend his title at the 2021 Tour of Britain because his Olympic crash aggravated ongoing back problems. He won the 2021 Antwerp Port Epic series, which he used in the UCI World Championship trials. In September 2021, he extended his contract with Alpec – Fenix until 2025.
After a three-month layoff due to back pain, van der Poel began the 2022 season at Milan – San Remo, where he finished third.  He followed this race with the Setimana Internazionale di Coppi E Bartali, a five-day stage race where he won the fourth stage. He won his next two races, Dwarsi ukse Vlaanderen and Ronde van Vlaanderen, both of which he had previously won. After finishing fourth at the Amstel Gold Race and ninth at Paris-Roubaix, Van der Poel made his debut at the Giro d’Italia, the second Grand Tour of his career. He won the opening stage and wore the pink leader’s jersey for three stages He also won the overall battle award. Van der Poel started his 2023 season with the X20 Trofee Herentals cyclocross race. He then took two more wins and two silver medals before qualifying for the UCI Cyclocross World Championships, which he won for the fifth time after a close sprint against Wout van Aert.
He also won two road race monuments, Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix, setting a new record of 46.841 km/h in the latter, an improvement of more than 1 km/h on the previous record.
On 9th April 2023, he took his first Paris-Roubaix victory in an eventful 120th race.
Mathieu van der Poel Net Worth
Mathieu has a net worth of $8 million. He has gathered her fortune by being a professional cyclist. He performs in various tournaments.
Mathieu van der Poel Relationship
Mathieu is dating Roxanne Bertels, an Instagram model, and ambassador for the Dutch cycling team. Roxanne works in the marketing department of Porsche and models in her spare time. Mathieu met her during a business trip to Finland. They fell in love after just a few dates.
Mathieu van der Poel Education
Mathieu has completed his schooling at a local school. There is no further information presented publicly about his educational qualification.
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Mathieu van der Poel Physical Stats
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||75 kg (165 lb)|
Mathieu van der Poel Wiki/Bio
|Name||Mathieu van der Poel|
|Nickname||MVDP, The Flying Dutchman|
|Date of Birth||19 January 1995|
|Age||28 (as of 202)|
|Birthplace||Kapellen, Flanders, Belgium|
|Parents||Adri van der Poel
|Siblings||David van der Poel|
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