Whether Mathieu van der Poel can do in the Tour what Tadej Pogacar does in Flanders? ‘New!’ † Tour of Flanders

podcastIf two-time Tour winner Tadej Pogacar can compete for victory in the Tour of Flanders (fourth), can the two-time winner of the Tour of Flanders also eventually compete in the Tour…? Mathieu van der Poel does not even wait for the question completely to give a very clear answer, “No.” With a thick exclamation mark too.

But wouldn’t it be an option in a few years? To change profile as a rider. Transforming from the ultimate one-day rider to a Grand Tour classification rider? To make his honors list even more complete. Exactly the discussion that is already being held about Wout van Aert, Van der Poel’s eternal rival. The Belgian already won a tough mountain stage to the mythical Mont Ventoux in the Tour de France last year.

Van der Poel: ,,I’m not really thinking about that now. I want to win a lot in the coming years in the competitions that I have now. I don’t think a good classification in a Grand Tour will ever work.”

Pogacar made his much-discussed debut in the Tour of Flanders. He drove impressively with a breakout on the Oude Kwaremont as the ultimate example. There he dashed past the front runners as if they were standing still. The Slovenian eventually finished fourth.

,,But Tadej was the strongest rider in the race”, said Van der Poel after his impressive victory. ,,On the Paterberg I had to cross the border to follow him. I’ve never gone that deep to get into someone’s wheel. He deserved to be on the podium too. Tadej is an incredible talent.”

Amstel Gold Race

Van der Poel will participate in the Amstel Gold Race next week. De Brabander won the Gold Race in 2019 after an extremely exciting final. In 2020, the Dutch classic was canceled due to the corona measures. Last year, Van der Poel took a rest period after the Tour of Flanders in view of his mountain bike ambitions.

His team Alpecin-Fenix ​​left it in the middle for a long time whether their Dutch leader would appear in Limburg next Sunday. Van der Poel is only two weeks back on track after a rest period due to a back injury. The win in Flanders already meant his third success this year.

After the Amstel Gold Race, Paris-Roubaix will follow. Then the classic spring for Van der Poel is probably over. ,,Normally I will not drive Liège-Bastogne-Liège. Certainly not if I start in the Giro d’Italia, although that is not 100 percent sure yet.”