Selle Italia and Mathieu Van der Poel: victory awaits

Selle Italia and Mathieu Van der Poel: victory awaits

What can we say about  Mathieu Van der Poel, Selle Italia’s new brand ambassador?

The Dutch phenomenon, born in 1995, threatens to leave viewers and commentators alike speechless.
The son of Adri Van der Poel  and grandson of Raymond Poulidor was clearly born with cycling in his blood.  An extraordinary talent, he has a special something that allows him to win everything – but everything – with embarrassing ease and mastery.

His favourite discipline is cyclo-cross, but it’s the same story with MTB and road racing: whatever he enters, there’s no hope for his competitors.

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A simple yet striking statistic from the 2017 cyclo-cross season gives some idea of Mathieu’s supremacy: 15 wins in 17 races, all individual.

His latest escapade was on Sunday 1st July with his triumph in the Dutch National Road Race Championships, where he even beat figures of the calibre of Tom Dumoulin and Niki Terpstra, winners of the 2017 Giro d’Italia and the 2018 Tour of Flanders respectively. Not exactly a little amateur race, then.

On his Flite Team Edition saddle, Mathieu won the bunch sprint, displaying devastating power and agility. This alone would be plenty to celebrate, but there’s more, because the win didn’t come at the end of a ‘sheltered’ race, but after playing a starring role in the final, in a breakaway with three others until 3 km before the finish line.
In cases like this the race would be over for a normal cyclist: the energy expended in the breakaway usually leaves no chance for a sprint for ordinary mortals; but Mathieu belongs to a different order.
In the final sprint the lead was taken by Ramon Sinkeldam; the incredible Van der Poel caught up after 100 metres and narrowly avoided the barriers before delivering the fatal thrust and crossing the line in victory with a couple of metres to spare. Danny van Poppel recovered to take second place ahead of Sinkeldam.

 

Together towards the future

“Wonder” Poel, as Mathieu is now dubbed, currently seems unbeatable, and if he goes on like this there’s no saying where his career might take him. The only thing we know for sure is that Selle Italia is going there with him. For us it really is a special privilege to have the chance to accompany such a strong young athlete in his sports career, and the hope is he’ll enter the Hall of Fame of all-time great cyclists, all of whom have ridden and won with Selle Italia.

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