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Re: The Mathieu Van der Poel Appreciation Thread
« on: October 09, 2016, 17:50 »
Well most of his best results so far have been on hilly Ardennes-like races, even on climb races like Harzé-Aywaille as a novice in 2011 (it's a Subita al Naranco like race), that's where he's at his best, I think. I don't recall seeing to things of note in Flandrian races. He of course also has a sprint. I said he wasn't great in ITT but still national champion as a novice in 2011.

Mathieu winning the Tour of the Low Country (Ronde van Het Lage Land) and the Omloop van de Maasvallei as a junior in 2012:

About the mountain, it's only guess work whether he has ability or not. I think the best indication is his stage win in the Tour of Alsace in 2013 in the mid-mountain and then a top10 place in the GC but that's it.

(I was impressed by his fluent French. He speaks better French than many Frenchies.  :D

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