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Can Mathieu Van Der Poel Win The Road World Championships? | The Cycling Race News Show

Can Mathieu Van Der Poel Win The Road World Championships? | The Cycling Race News Show

Welcome back to the GCN Racing News Show. Today, with all eyes now switching to the
Tour de France, we’re going to take a closer look at the key preparation race, the Criterium
du Dauphiné. There’s a controversial crash at the Tour
de Luxembourg, Mathieu van der Poel announces that he’ll do the road world championships
this year, plus, Vincenzo Nibali is back at it already at the Gran Premio Lugano. It’s the traditional warm up race for the
Tour de France, and as such, the Criterium du Dauphiné normally attracts a star studded
field. This year it’s no different – triple winner
Chris Froome is competing, along with Richie Porte, Romain Bardet, Thibaut Pinot, Tom Dumoulin
making his return from injury, Adam Yates, Nairo Quintana, Dan Martin and winner here
two years ago, Jakob Fuglsang. With 5 of the last 7 winners going on to win
the Tour de France just a few weeks later, it’s easy to see why the best riders choose
to test themselves here in France, rather than at the Tour de Suisse. In fact, one of the only riders missing, because
he has chosen to race Switzerland instead, is last year’s Tour de France winner Geraint
Thomas. The race kicked off yesterday with a 142km
stage from Aurillac to Jussac – short, but far from simple, with 5 classified climbs
along a route which was rarely flat. A stinging acceleration by Zdenek Stybar of
Deceuninck Quickstep saw the bunch fractured into pieces, and whilst there would be a regrouping,
that pace would effectively end the chances of the biggest sprinters in the race, Sam
Bennett, for whom Bora Hansgrohe had ridden the whole day, Jose Alvare Hodeg, Nacer Bouhanni
and André Greipel. Meanwhile, up front, they still needed to
catch the breakaway. 2 of the initial 6 had survived into the final
20km’s, Magnus Cort Nielsen of Astana, and Oliver Naesen of AG2R. They were joined by Bjorg Lambrecht, who’d
attacked from what was left of the peloton, and the trio formed a very strong alliance. Despite holding on to a lead which never exceeded
30 seconds in those closing kilometres, they proved a hard group to catch. Mitchelton Scott did the bulk of the work,
and they were eventually caught, inside the closing kilometre of the stage. It set up one of those intriguing sprint finishes
where there aren’t any pure sprinters, and there aren’t many people to do a lead out
either. Step forward Julian Alaphilippe. He lit it up with just under 500m remaining,
looking to set up Philippe Gilbert for the win. Alaphilippe swung off round the final corner,
slowing a number of their key competitors down in the process. It all looked good for Gilbert, but what he
hadn’t reckoned with, was the return of the Boss. Despite having no teammates around him, Edvald
Boasson Hagen had managed to position himself perfectly, getting a slingshot around the
last corner and taking more speed than anyone to the line. The win marked his first in the WorldTour
for close to 2 years, and the first this year for Team Dimension Data, who will be hoping
that this marks the end of what has been a nightmare few months for the team. With his win, also came the leader’s jersey,
but the Norwegian will of course relinquish that at some point when the roads get tougher. Today, to start with, is going to be a tough
one to negotiate – far too tough for the sprinters, not, on paper, one you’d have down as a
GC day, but it’s a stage where almost anything could happen. Make sure you tune in to our Facebook page
to catch highlights. The first day where we’re expected some
big difference amongst the GC favourites, though, is stage 4, on Wednesday, in Roanne. A 26km individual time trial that includes
a 2.3km climb at 7.8%. For Froome, it’s going to be the first race
of truth of the season, and the only one in fact before he attempts to win a 5th Tour
de France title next month. On stage 6, we have a heart in your mouth
finish into Saint Michelle de Maurienne. An 8km climb at 5.6% is followed by a descent
with similar stats at the end of 229kms of racing – it’s a stage that will suit the
likes of Romain Bardet. The toughest climbing tests come at the weekend,
though. Both short and explosive stages – Saturday
has a mountain top finish on the Montée de Pipay, a whopping 19kms at close to 7%, and
then there’s the final day into Champéry, just 113kms but with no fewer than 7 classified
climbs totalling 4000m of elevation gain. I must admit, the Dauphiné always gets me
excited – partly, because it’s a sign that the Tour is on the horizon, but also because
there’s something special about it in it’s own right. It’s a relatively low key race compared
to the Tour, but one which sees almost all the same actors battle it out. My money is on Chris Froome, even though it’s
been some time since he’s won a week long race. One of the biggest pieces of news in the world
of cycling last week, was the announcement that Mathieu van der Poel will compete at
the World Road Race Championships in Yorkshire this September. It’s been talked about since his phenomenal
performances on the road in the Spring. Dutch national coach Koos Moerenhout was obviously
keen to see the phenomenon on the start line, and his wish has been granted. It does mean, though, that he will not take
part in the World MTB Championships. Instead, he will switch his attention to the
road in September, taking part in the Tour of Britain on the run up to the Worlds. It’s an enviable position to be in, isn’t
it? Having to decide which World Championship
you want to go and try to win. Great for us, though, in my opinion. I know that a few of you get sick of us mentioning
him so much, but I, for one, love the fact that he competes in three disciplines at the
highest level, and I also love the fact that he draws so much attention to the World of
road cycling. We need riders like him to get youngsters
interested in the sport, and I personally can’t wait to watch him battle it out with
Wout Van Aert and the pure road riders on the streets of Yorkshire this September. Regardless of your opinion, you’d have to
say that he’s got a genuine chance of winning it, wouldn’t you? He’s been World Champion on the road twice
before, in the junior and U23 category – a win in Yorkshire would cement his position
as one of the most talented riders not just of his generation, but ever. Let us know if you think he can do it, and
whether that would be a good thing for the sport, in the comments section below. Now, the Tour of Luxembourg may not be the
most prestigious race in the world, but former winners include the likes of Greg Van Avermaet,
Frank Schleck, Jakob Fuglsang, Lance Armstrong and Charlie Gaul. The opening part of the race was marred by
a particularly nasty look crash for Justin Jules on stage 2 – it looked, initially, down
to a coming together between he and race leader Christophe Lapporte, but also to blame were
the types of barriers used. The bigger races will use sloped hoardings,
but others, including the Tour de Luxembourg, are using older style barriers with feet sticking
out. As you can imagine, this news was not greeted
well by his fellow pro cyclists, who voiced their concerns that the UCI seem more concerned
with sock height than rider safety. Amongst them, Oliver Naesen, who was quick
to point out that Jules would have avoided that crash has they used barriers like the
ones in his photo: Johan Bruyneel also weighed in, claiming the
UCI should spend more time on rider safety and less time measuring their socks, which
is a fair point. Thankfully, for Jules, his injuries were not
as bad as they could have been – no fractures, although he did have to have some stitches
in his forehead. It did mean, understandably, that he took
no further part in the race. For Cofidis, it was a great race – not only
did Lapporte win the opening two stages with Lapporte, they also won the final 2 stages
and the overall classification, all with Jesus Herrada, doubling their win tally for the
year in a period of just 5 days. On stage 3, he came in 3 seconds ahead of
Maurits Lammertink, whilst the following day, rather than play it safe, he once again went
on the attack, this time arriving at the finish line 2 seconds clear of Jonathan Hivert. Herrada is the first ever Spanish rider to
win the race. Meanwhile, down in Switzerland, we had the
73rd edition of the Gran Premio di Lugano, a one day race. There, the race winning move was sparked by
Vincenzo Nibali, who you’d think would deserve a bit of time off between his exploits at
the Giro d’Italia and his participation at the Tour de France. He drew a group clear that included his teammate
Matek Mohoric, and also the UAE Team Emirates duo of Diego Ulissi and Alexandr Riabushenko. Nibali tried on multiple occasions to go clear
on the finishing circuits, but every time, Ulissi was able to follow. Eventually, he’d gamble on helping Mohoric,
but it was a bet that didn’t pay off – Ulissi and Riabushenko managed to pull off a rare
1-2 in the race, with Mohoric having to settle for 3rd. In other news, there was a blow for EF Education
First last week as it was confirmed that their Colombian rider Dani Martinez had broken his
collarbone in training, and would therefore be unable to compete at the Tour de France. He would have been a key rider to support
Rigoberto Uran in the high mountains, and as one of the most improved riders of the
year so far, who’s to say he couldn’t have been up there on GC himself. After a two year hiatus the Tour de Bretagne
Feminin made a welcome return last week. Driven by local rider Audrey Cordon Ragot
the race attracted a phenomenal field including the likes of Kirsten Wild, Cecilie Uttrup
Ludwig as well as Cordon-Ragot herself racing for the French national team. Stage 2 Plouay to Pontivy was one of the toughest
of the race, but despite that, it ended in a bunch sprint – Kirsten Wild adding a keeping
her perfect record after her win on the opening day. The traditional individual time trial made
its return on stage 3. At 10.7km it’s a technical circuit and Twenty
year old New Zealander Mikayla Harvey took her first pro victory on the stage 3 individual
time trial, which also saw Cordon Ragot took over the leaders jersey with two stages to
go. Jess Roberts went solo for her second stage
victory in as many days with a win on stage 5, but Cordon Ragot did enough to hold on
to the lead by just five seconds over Wild with Juliette Labous in third. Now, in a piece of news that we missed last
week, it appears the Dutch are considering holding their national championships in Austria
or Germany, so that they can have some climbing. According to Algemeen Dagblad, the idea was
proposed by Jumbo Visma manager Richard Plugge, and hasn’t been immediately rejected by
the Dutch cycling federation. It would give an opportunity to the likes
of Dumoulin, Kruijswijk, Poels and Mollema, none of whom have won the Elite road championships
before. Talking of Dutch climbers, Sunweb announced
last week that Sam Oomen will be out of action for the rest of the season. He was diagnosed with an Iliac Artery Flow
Limitation in his left groin, which will require surgery, which he will undergo in 6 weeks
time once he’s recovered from the fractured hip he sustained at the Giro. Get well soon Sam. That’s all for this week. Next week we’ll be back with the conclusion
of the Criterium du Dauphine, and also the Women’s Tour, which starts today in Beccles. Despite only being in it’s 6th year, the
race has quickly become one of the most prestigious on the calendar – Vos, Deignan, Niewiadoma
and last year’s winner Coryn Rivera are amongst those taking part. So special is the race, in fact, that Canyon
SRAM have chosen it to showcase some custom bikes and kit, which looks very smart indeed. Kathryn is there to capture some content for
GCN, so keep your eyes peeled for some videos coming to the channel shortly. In the meantime, if you’ve ever wondered
how much the Sports Directors talk to their riders during races, Hank asked a few of the
riders from the Giro d’Italia in a video that you can find down here.

81 comments on “Can Mathieu Van Der Poel Win The Road World Championships? | The Cycling Race News Show

  1. I think Mathieu van der Poel can win the road world championship.
    He is very versatile and has a lot of hidden potential.

  2. He has the potential. But just like him, a lot of the riders in the peloton have the potential to win the world championship.

    Wish everyone competing the best of luck.

  3. Being that he's MVP and Dutch, which will arguably have one of the strongest, if not the strongest team, I like his chances.

  4. It would be good if Van der Poel were to win the world champs, the small team he cycles for deserves the publicity for developing him

  5. Of course he CAN. Apparently he can do anything. Obviously the field usually has a better chance than any one rider.

    By the way, I prefer Dan on these race videos.

  6. Ullisi changed his sprint line(just enough that Mohorič had to stop for a quick moment) , and that is why Mohorič didn't win…
    UCI really should stick to rules whatever the circumstances, especially after they DSQ Viviani at the Giro because of that.

  7. They should do some sort of bikathlon world championship, with cross, mountain, road, track, bmx… and bike polo.

  8. Is it common for a tub to be stripped off the rim if the wheel goes lateral to direction of motion? It makes me wonder how that crash might've gone differently if he had friction for longer.

  9. This is slightly off topic, but might it make more sense for the Giro d’Italia and Vuelta España to flip positions on the calendar considering the problems encountered in the Giro going over the Gavia? The passes in the Pyrenees probably clear earlier than those in northern Italy.

  10. I REALLY like MVP
    I think he’s good for cycling
    Very dynamic and his abilities allow for attacking
    When others play it safer
    It’s better racing from a fan perspective

  11. After Amstel I think it would be hard to image van der Poel not winning Worlds. His ability to put the hammer down those last 3km and then utterly decimate Alaphilippe and Kwiatkowski in a sprint to the line was stunning. One of the most amazing ends of a race I have ever seen.

  12. It’s the biggest relief of my day to see Dan presenting the racing news show, instead of that other guy.

  13. He is the most talented cyclist in the modern era, and he definitely could win, as long as he has the team to help.

  14. Glad to see you managed to squeeze MVDP into your show. You normally never mention him from one month to the next. Oh wait….

  15. If MvdP focus on a race he can (maybe I must say, "will") always win….

  16. UCI need a good long look in the mirror. rider safety is a major concern. cycling fans are worse than soccer hooligans. at least they stay off the field !!

  17. 8:23 … Sad thing not having Martinez going for the young riders clasification and BTW I think is a hand fracture not collar bone… check Martinez nsta report:
    keep the good job GCN!

  18. Matt's back! Sort of that is — before the video started, a Zwift ad with Matt Stephens profiling Ella Harris, a winner of the Zwift Academy played on my iPad. Still hoping to see a guest feature with Emma.

  19. This isn't about racing (sorry). I might be going to northern France with my son. He's happy for me to take my bike. Which port has the closest access to really nice tarmac biking? Caen, Calais, Le Havre etc. He'd happily let me bike for a couple of hours a day while he wakes up.

  20. MvdP some day, might be up there with not only cycling legends, but the likes of Larry Bird, Pele, Cassius Clay, Ted Williams and Tom Brady. That would be from a USA perspective, obviously.

  21. Dani Martinez didn't broke his collarbone, it was bones in both hands… Colombians are having a rough year.

  22. What the hell no Dirty Kanza??
    Last year you guys wear all over it.
    I wanted to hear your thoughts on the pros racing. 🤬
    Great show.

  23. The way Mathieu Van der Pole has been riding, I wouldn’t bet against him winning just about anything he enters. I hope he stays healthy for a very long time. He’s gonna be fun to watch.

  24. OMG, that was one horrific crash! I agree with the reported tweets, and lets call it. When will cycling tackle safety and address issues like head trauma? Reportedly a few stitches, but I bet a bruised brain accompanied those stitches. Head knocks ruin careers.

  25. Wow, not only a mention of LA without a trigger warning or excuse but also Johan Bruyneel…Gasp, what are the permanently offended pearl-clutchers and elites going to do now? Love the race coverage and the truth from JB keep it coming.

  26. biased dutchman replying: I think individually he has the best papers. If he can focus and not think of the coming cross-season, he has a good chance but he'll be the one watched. He being such a fenomen is good for Dutch cycling and cycling in general. Only with three worlds and couple of grandtours in his pocket will he become the real household bore as, say Froome or Sagan. He's far from that, yet.

  27. Don't worry about the MvdP haters, he's a breath of fresh air for cycling in general, a star of Saganesque stature, keep the coverage of him coming across all disciplines!

  28. Johan Bruyneel, that well known protector of cyclists' safety, have you forgotten that he's banned from all forms of cycling? Don't give these dinosaurs from the bad old days the time of day GCN.

  29. YES! MVdeP can win – just like "a stealth floater," a phrase coined by Sir Matt Stevens during Stage 2 of the Dauphine as Michael Woods cruised ahead of his bunch in .. erm.. the woods! Matt VdeP is the most exciting cyclist around right now.

  30. Van der Poel is going to win it with two fingers in his nose since he is by far the best rider at this moment….no….of the last 30/40 years.

  31. Hello im a newbie in road bikes and im planning to build my own GRAVEL BIKE. Can someone help me please answer my questions.
    1) What tire size should i choose for my gravel bike if i want more tires to dampen the ground and reduce slipping
    2)What rim size should i get for my gravel bike?
    3)Does the rim breaks can fit with larger range of rims and tires for example 20mm rims and 36 or 38x700c tires?
    4)Since i dont have that much of a budget how can i get a rim brakes for my gravel bike for example im buying tiagra how to make it a rim brake?
    I don't need that much speed i just want to enjoy riding road bike in rocky roads specially here in my country philippines

  32. Once again you neglect to report on the Hammer Series, which was full of world tour cyclists and teams. It has been claimed to have been talked about, but I have seen no evidence.

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