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‘Mathieu should be no cannon fodder to be’

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Everyone wants to Van der Poel in Roubaix, but the team is determined

‘Mathieu should be no cannon fodder to be’

Also in France, they understand nothing of. Mathieu van der Poel who rides runs and wins in the minor Circuit de Sarthe, but on Sunday, however, Paris-Roubaix skip a beat. Even grandfather Raymond Poulidor calls it ‘vraiment dommage’.

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‘In this form had Mathieu can do something in Paris-Roubaix, know grandfather Raymond Poulidor. blg

Everyone wants to Van der Poel in Roubaix, but the team is determined

‘Mathieu should be no cannon fodder to be’

Also in France, they understand nothing of. Mathieu van der Poel who rides runs and wins in the minor Circuit de Sarthe, but on Sunday, however, Paris-Roubaix skip a beat. Even grandfather Raymond Poulidor calls it ‘vraiment dommage’.

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Wim Vos

BrusselZijn passport says he is a full Dutch citizen. In Flanders we find him at least a half-Belgian. But also in France claim they are these days, Mathieu van der Poel. No speaker of the starting points in the Circuit of the Sarthe, which fails to mention that Van der Poel for at least a quarter French. For that penny makes Van der Poels grandfather and French wielericoon Raymond Poulidor. But it makes the lack of understanding, not less. However, the Circuit de Sarthe and ” Paris-Roubaix on Sunday. How do you explain that? Even his own grandfather has a problem with it.

“I have Mathieu seen in the Round,” says Raymond Poulidor, meanwhile, almost 83. ‘C’était plus que formidable. It was more than impressive. Without his fall, he always wins the Tour of Flanders. Always.’

Then Poulidor us like to tell that Van der Poel already better than he ever has been. “My best result in the Tour of Flanders was ninth,” he says. ‘Mathieu is immediately fourth. It shows once again what a phenomenon he is.’ But that phenomenon start Sunday so not in Paris-Roubaix. “And I think that’s a pity,” says Poulidor. ‘In this form, with his exceptional qualities, he can really do. But I understand that the team there do not drive.’

Wildcard was ready

‘Now I have next year still something to look forward to’

Poulidor as the voice of a whole nation. Or three nations. Because in Belgium and the Netherlands makes his absence for questioning. Who in the GP Denain, a miniversie of Roubaix, winning the piano, who in his first Gent-Wevelgem and Tour of Flanders immediately fourth, why dare not take his chance in Paris-Roubaix? Especially because his team best have been allowed to start, sports manager Christoph Roodhooft. ‘Last year we have the Arctic Race driven, ” explains Roodhooft. ‘A contest of ASO, organizer of Roubaix. On day 3 ASO when to come: if we Roubaix wanted to drive, we had to know.” And yet to refuse? ‘Yes, because we are the program of Mathieu not wanted to overload’, Roodhooft further. ‘Do not forget that Mathieu is already a very cross-season behind him. Therefore, this free weekend is more than welcome. Sometimes you need a little bit of dosing. You can Mathieu anywhere to start, but then you will make it cannon fodder. Everyone says later that we see him in the neck have omgewrongen. Who is happy?’

It was so: or Roubaix or Amstel Gold Race? Roodhooft nods. ‘And as Dutch champion, we found it nicer if he has a big game in their own country could drive. Is that Roubaix is a very specific race. It requires a lot of your material and your sponsors. Not that we had not aangekund, but this is still only our first year on procontinentaal level: it is clear that not. Finally, in Roubaix plays bad luck to play a greater role. While the Brabantse pijl or the Amstel, a little more certainty. Who really is good, it will almost automatically in the prices drive.”

The protagonist in this story seems to be the least to attract the buzz. Or his heart will bleed when he Sunday his tv switched on? ‘Not really’, replied Van der Poel honest. “I understand that some of the mortal sin. But one: it is not because you are fourth in the Round that you automatically overdoet in Roubaix. Two: I also find it nice that I, as a Dutch champion in the Amstel can start. And three: if we Roubaix and still had bijgepakt, had we never for the full one hundred percent to prepare. I wanted that not. Therefore, I have to be really at peace with this program. And I also find it nice that I still have where I next year can look forward.’ For that Paris-Roubaix than to lie in his program, there is no doubt more. ASO director Christian Prudhomme had already know that he has all understanding for Van der Poels choice, but also that he for next year, a ticket Roubaix will be ready to submit. “And then we will be at’, decision Roodhooft. ‘That is all.’

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