Mathieu van der Poel (centre) and brother David (left) about to finish warming-up in front of their father Adri (right).
His intention was clear, winning the race which is named after his father.
457.9k Followers, 266 Following, 278 Posts - See Instagram photos and videos from MVDP (@mathieuvanderpoel) Mathieu van der Poel ’s last-gasp victory at Amstel Gold Race on Sunday was not entirely without precedent. Mathieu and David van der Poel attended the funeral of their grandfather, quietly following their mother Corinne, father Adri, and grandmother. Mathieu and David van der Poel attended the funeral of their grandfather, quietly following their mother Corinne, father Adri, and grandmother.
Those who walk a Life Path with Number 8 have incredible strength of will and can endure anything.
Much has been said and written about Mathieu van der Poel as he romped through his first Classics campaign and even his grandfather, former rider, Raymond Poulidor has been impressed. Cycling runs through the family.
Although van der Poel had to start from the second line, he already took the lead at the end of the final stretch. Mathieu van der Poel’s dad Adri is a former world cyclo-cross champion, Tour of Flanders and Liège-Bastogne-Liège winner and Tour de France stage winner. His sons David and Mathieu are also cyclists. Van der Poel presented the other riders with a horrific pace and only Aerts held onto his wheel. Mathieu van der Poel became cyclo-cross world champion himself in the junior race in 2012 and 2013 (Louisville, Kentucky) and then matching his father's title in 2015 (Tábor, Czech Republic), 2019 and 2020. During the 1980’s, Sean Kelly tussled with Adri van der Poel for the win in many of cycling’s biggest one day races.
Tom Meeusen leads down the first banking and into... ...the mud.
Son of Adri Van der Poel, one of the top Classics specialists of the 80s and 90s, and grandson of French cycling legend Raymond Poulidor, Mathieu lays claim to one of the purest racing pedigrees of any rider in the world right now. Van der Poel is the son-in-law of the famous French cyclist Raymond Poulidor. Mathieu van der Poel’s life path number is 8 Life Path Number 8 represent 'The Power Player'. Mathieu Van der Poel and his father Adrie during a photoshoot in Woensdrecht, the Netherlands, in 2015. 8 reminds us the soul has a mind of its own and lives on, no matter what. Mathieu van der Poel (born 1995-01-19) is a professional road racing cyclist from Netherlands, currently riding for Alpecin-Fenix. Van der Poel is not a name new to cycling. His brother Jacques was also a pro, Adri married Raymond Poulidor’s daughter Corinne and their sons David and Mathieu are both professional riders. His best results are 1st place in Amstel Gold Race, 1st place in Dwars door Vlaanderen - A travers la Flandre and 2x GC Boucles de la Mayenne.