Needless to say, it has been an eventful few weeks on the spring road circuit for Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon – Circus).
In his first full campaign racing the spring road classics, it has taken little time for Van der Poel’s name to ring out.
— Dwars dr Vlaanderen (@DwarsdrVlaander) April 3, 2019
In his latest race, Van der Poel finished fourth at the Ronde van Vlaanderen after screaming through the field following a bizarre crash.
That weird crash was just one of the eventful moments of Van der Poel’s spring campaign. While signaling for his team car after a flat, he inexplicably went OTB in what appeared to be a painful fashion.
— Ronde Van Vlaanderen (@RondeVlaanderen) April 7, 2019
This crash came after Van der Poel went down hard at the Nokere Koerse on the cobbled, finishing sprint.
In between his crashes and winning, Van der Poel has found time to do some cool stuff. At Dwars door Vlaanderen, he found time to help clean the road at 35 km/hr. What a nice guy.
— sporza (@sporza) April 3, 2019
After winning that race, it was Wheelie Wednesday on his Canyon road bike.
Van der Poel’s latest exploit was a sideways skid after hopping up a curb during the waning moments of Sunday’s Ronde van Vlaanderen.
To add to the data file. After the over-the-handlebars crash on Flanders, in the chasing group, he rides up a curb at 89degrees perpendicular, skids'r sideways and recovers as if that was his intension. #mvdp pic.twitter.com/cOjMgRCaaR
— Pizza Steve (@SteveBilicki) April 8, 2019
Perhaps the only Van der Poel can’t do? According to one person, it’s those white bibs.
Die witte broek zit diep bij sommigen 😂 https://t.co/q9GcRbiE2D
— Mathieu Van der Poel (@mathieuvdpoel) April 9, 2019
He can do wheelies, but with his eyes closed, reversing, without hands, while the Wilhelmus thunders backwards.
He can surprise himself.
He can surprise his competitors.
He can surprise onlookers.
He can be an idol for the elderly and the cutters at the same time.
He can push boundaries.
He can change the sport.
But those white pants.
He really can’t.
Van der Poel has a few spring road races on his schedule to do cool stuff before he trades his Aeroad for his Lux to hit the mountain bike World Cup circuit where bike trickeration is more expected.
Updated, like right after this was posted
Van der Poel just did this cool thing in the sprint at Stage 1 of the Circuit Cycliste Sarthe:
— Circuit Sarthe (@circuitcycliste) April 9, 2019
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