When Vuelta a Espana became the most highlighted race, spectacular results were again achieved by the Dutch superstar, Mathieu van der Poel. The 24-year-old driver was surprisingly, and spectacularly, the 2019 Tour of Britain champion.
Van der Poel, who at the beginning of this year was the subject of discussion for being a champion of the classic Amstel Gold Race, was indeed racing again on the streets. Together with the Corendon-Circus team, he descended on the actual Tour of Britain to “warm up.” Preparing for the 2019 UCI Road World Championship, which also took place in England (Yorkshire), at the end of September.
As it turns out, Van der Poel is not just “hot.” He practically mastered the UCI 2.HC level race (one level below WorldTour). Van der Poel won three stages, plus showed surprising skills in the individual time trial (ITT) stage !
This racer is really versatile! He can win the sprint , he can win the rolling stage , he is the cyclocross champion , he is the champion of MTB, and it turns out he is also a TT champion!
Even Van der Poel himself did not expect to perform well on the TT stage. In fact, he took over the leadership of the Tour of Britain because of finishing sixth in Stage 6, a TT stage of 14.4 km. “Of course I’m happy (with the TT results). It’s been a long time since I joined the TT event, “he said.
After the TT stage, Van der Poel then locked the overall championship title by winning Stage 7 and 8. The last through tight sprints , narrowly won through photo finish .
Because of this spectacular performance, Van der Poel was touted as a strong candidate for the 2019 world champion. The character of the World Championship route in Yorkshire is rolling and power , suitable for him.
After the Tour of Britain, Van der Poel also seemed to have confidence. The main indicator, according to him, is the TT stage. “Ahead of the world championship, the TT stage on a tough route is a good indicator. My legs feel so good, “he said.
The Men Elite Road Race in the world championship is scheduled to take place on Sunday, 29 September. The route is quite long, 284.5 km. Starting from Leeds, participants will tour the circuit at Harrogate seven times.
Let’s wait, what kind of progress Van der Poel will have. Another champion candidate: Julian Alaphilippe from France. Also Michael Matthews (Australia) and Peter Sagan (Slovakia). (riding bicycle)