Van der Poel after a phenomenal one-man show at the World Championship: “Reed the perfect race”
Through Nico Dick & Youri IJnsen, Sunday, February 2, 2020 at 3:57 PM
Mathieu van der Poel booked his third cyclocross world title on Sunday afternoon in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The 25-year-old Dutchman was the first to plunge into the field and would not lose that position. He ran the competition in minutes. “That I win here is very special, because this was the only goal this winter,” he said in the flash interview.
“I had nothing else to ride for this season,” he continues. “Moreover, it was one of my best days of the season. I did expect that it would break very quickly, because the course was like that. It was one of the toughest races I ever rode. All those bridges at the end of the race, I was happy when I was upstairs again. ”
Because the cross was so difficult, it quickly became clear that everyone would end up in place. “Because of the gravity it also became a fair race. That is nice and also has to be at a World Cup. When it stopped raining, the mud dried up somewhat. That makes it even more difficult. But I immediately had a hole and that gave me wings. I think I drove the perfect race. ”
“More euphoria than emotion”
There were tears at his first world title in Tábor, just like last year in Bogense. Then he took his second rainbow jersey after three years. At his third, there was little talk of tears. But it doesn’t mean that MVDP was less happy. “There is now more euphoria than emotion, but of course I am very satisfied,” the Dutchman added later.
The last few weeks he trained specifically for this World Cup. “I told my Alpecin-Fenix team that I wanted to be 110% in shape at the start here. During the last internship I also trained specifically on this. I am not someone who can see why. Recently I felt that I was getting better and better. With result: this was my best cross of the year. ”
Van der Poel admitted to have been careful because he was afraid that his chain would skip or that he would fall after the descents. He wanted to read the deep traces well, so he immediately chose the headline. “The way I win here, I am extremely proud of that,” he said later. “To make everything run smoothly on the right day is a dream.”
Rest first, then build up to road season
The world champion immediately rode his last cross of this winter. He now takes a week off and then starts training for the road season. In more than two weeks he will then start at the Volta ao Algarve, possibly followed by Omloop Het Nieuwsblad. “I did not consciously pick a course for the coming year, but I am looking forward to it,” he said.
He also said that he would not regret not driving the Vuelta a España. You read about that in this post more. Team managers Christoph and Philip Roodhooft share his opinion.