April 25, 2019

Amstel Gold Race 2019


After his debut Spring Classics campaign, Mathieu van der Poel (24) has been the outstanding rider of the spring.

His first appearance in the big races like the Tour of Flanders and Amstel Gold Race was much hyped, his Corendon-Circus Team moved up the ranks to UCI Pro Continental level and new riders were recruited to support Mathieu.

Many riders would have struggled with the pre-race pressure and attention. Not so Mathieu. The "Flying Dutchman" duly delivered with his first World Tour victories and performed better than most had dared to dream.

As he is taking a break from racing and preparing for the MTB season, we had a chat with the team's press officer, Thomas Sneyers, to find out how the team and Mathieu experienced their early season success.

 

Going deep – Mathieu van der Poel left it all out there on the road, and then some. As easy as his wins in the cyclocross season might appear, Mathieu knows how to dig deep and fight for his victories.

 


Dwars door Vlaanderen 2019

Q: Has Mathieu felt any pressure ahead of the Spring Classics?

A: There was no real pressure for him. He knew that he was able to win and in the races both he and the team had the advantage of being the underdogs. He hadn’t yet proven himself on the road, and even less so in the long races, so he could only win and had nothing to lose. If the road hadn’t worked out for him, they still had MTB and CX where he is hugely successful. “I wanted to try and discover these races and also my potential in these races.”


Amstel Gold Race 2019

An ongoing discussion in the world of cycling fashion: White bibs.

Van der Poel has worn them with great effect - and a tactical reason behind it. With the white bib shorts, he was easier to identify on the TV for his team.


Amstel Gold Race 2019

Team effort – despite just moving up to Pro Continental level for 2019, the Corendon-Circus Team was stronger than expected and could help Mathieu in his spring season …


Amstel Gold Race 2019

… often his teammates would go in the early break away, relieving the team of chasing the group later on.


Amstel Gold Race 2019

Q: How did this victory in the Amstel Gold Race feel for Mathieu?

A: It was the first time that he realized he had done something special. All the other victories were quite nice, of course. But winning the only Dutch one-day classic in the Dutch national champion jersey against the best riders in the world with only 24 years of age, he knew that was truly special. The team deliberately turned down an invitation to Paris-Roubaix for 2019 to focus on the Amstel Gold Race, and that paid off.


Brabantse Pijl 2019

Winning never gets boring – Mathieu screams his joy into the team radio after winning the Brabantse Pijl.


Ronde van Vlaanderen 2019

Coming back for more – finished fourth in his first ever Tour of Flanders, despite a crash, there is more to come from the Flying Dutchman.


Grand Prix de Denain 2019

Starting his Classics Season on a high with a victory in the Grand Prix de Denain.


Ronde van Vlaanderen 2019


The winning glove - the GripGrab Aerolite InsideGrip was Mathieu's choice for this spring season.

 



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