Mathieu van der Poel is a Dutch professional road and cyclocross cyclist who was born on January 19, 1995, in Kapellen, Belgium. He comes from a family of successful cyclists, with his father Adrie van der Poel and grandfather Raymond Poulidor both having enjoyed successful careers in the sport.
Van der Poel first gained prominence as a cyclocross rider, winning the U23 World Championships in 2015 and then going on to win the elite title three times in a row from 2019 to 2021. He is known for his technical skills and his ability to perform on a variety of terrain, including mud, sand, and snow.
In recent years, van der Poel has also established himself as a top road cyclist. He joined the Alpecin-Fenix team in 2020 and quickly made his mark, winning the Strade Bianche and a stage of Tirreno-Adriatico. He also finished fourth in the Tour of Flanders and fifth in the Gent-Wevelgem.
In 2021, van der Poel continued to impress on the road, winning a stage of the Tour de France in spectacular fashion with a daring attack on the final descent. He also won the Dwars door Vlaanderen classic and finished second in the Amstel Gold Race.
Van der Poel is known for his aggressive racing style, often attacking from long range and putting his rivals under pressure. He is also an excellent sprinter and has a powerful finishing kick.
At just 26 years old, van der Poel has already achieved a remarkable amount of success in both cyclocross and road cycling, and is widely regarded as one of the most talented and exciting riders in the peloton. He is expected to continue competing at the highest level for many years to come.