Mathieu van der Poel could not believe his luck with his first victory in a world cup cross country. The 24-year-old Dutchman was convincingly the strongest in the Czech Nove Mesto.
“This was one of the greatest things I could achieve. Mountain biking is one of the most difficult things to do,” said Van der Poel after the finish opposite Wielerflits.
“I’m already three years engaged in this sport. I already have great victories achieved in the shorttrackwedstrijden, but here, I dreamed for a very long time. It was a long time ago that a Dutchman was a world cup to his name, knew to write.”
Van der Poel in the footsteps of Bart Brentjes. The now 50-year-old Limburger was in 2006 in Curaçao, the last Dutchman who was the best in a world cup cross country.
‘MVP’ wrote, in Nové Mesto, in addition, the history. He is the first rider ever to a world cup in mountain biking and cyclo-cross and also a WorldTour race on the road has won.
‘Extra nice to Schurter to win’
Van der Poel kept for a long time kept pace with the Swiss world and olympic champion Nino Schurter, but drove in the final stage is very simple for him and came solo across the finish line.
“If you can win against one of the greatest bikers ever, it tastes extra tasty,” says Van der Poel.
“Maybe it went on a sprint finish at the end, but I had that point of my attack for two rounds before the end in thoughts. I went all in and I am happy that I finally got that win bite you.”
Van der Poel is, after his victory in the Amstel Gold Race, going to concentrate on mountain biking. He picked up earlier this month, all four stages and the overall classification in the Belgian mountain Bike Challenge.
It is still unclear whether Van der Poel this year participate to the world cup mountain bike world CHAMPIONSHIPS cycling on the road. Within a short time he makes his decision known.
Impressive Van der Poel book first wereldbekerzege on mountain bike