Mathieu van der Poel is good enough to win Flanders, says father Adri

Mathieu van der Poel (Corendon-Circus)

As Mathieu van der Poel sprinted to victory at Dwars Door Vlaanderen on Wednesday, he was being willed on by his father from a team car just a couple of kilometres away. Adri van der Poel, winner of the 1986 Tour of Flanders, had spent the day as a helper for the Corendon-Circus team, handing out bidons at the top of the Knokteberg, and revelled in his son's first WorldTour win and major breakthrough as a Classics star. Like his father, Van der Poel won the cyclo-cross world title earlier this year, and hopes are higher than ever that he might just emulate him again with victory at Flanders on Sunday. A former junior road race world champion, the 24-year-old Van der Poel has spent most of his career focusing on cyclo-cross and mountain bike, but won the Dutch national title on the road last year. This year, he is ...

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