Van der Poel: "The rivalry with Van Aert transcends sport, it's a great story"

With his fourth world cyclocross title, the Dutch rider continues to take steps towards the Olympus of the modality at 26 years old and now threatens the seven titles of De Vlaeminck.


Mathieu Van der Poel continues to expand his legend in the cyclo-cross world after winning his fourth World Championship this Sunday in Ostend. The Dutchman is the great rival to beat in the mud and between him and his great rival, Wout Van Aert, they have conquered the last seven World Cups contested.

In statements to Sporza, the Dutchman analyzed his triumph and the beautiful rivalry he has with Van Aert. "I would have preferred to win without him having the puncture, it would have been a different race. Bad luck is also part of the sport, I also had my part in other races. Our rivalry transcends sport and that is great. We strengthen each other and we make sure to push the limits of others. It's a great story. "

A Van der Poel now faces new challenges on the horizon, such as matching Renato Longo, André Duffraise and Albert Zweifel with five world titles ... and surpassing the seven of the historic Eric De Vlaeminck. "It is not a goal that I have in advance, but if I have options, I will reach it one day" .

The Dutchman is already looking to the road season and his other big goal for 2021: the Tokyo Olympics. "I will go to Spain to train and then start the season on the UAE Tour at the end of February. My intention at the beginning was to finish the Tour, but if that means mortgaging the Games, then I will go on the second day of rest."

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