Poulidor: It's a great shame Van der Poel isn't riding Paris-Roubaix

Mathie van der Poel is one of 100%'s sponsored athletes and wore Glendale sunglasses for the race

Raymond Poulidor has said it's a "great shame" that his grandson Mathieu van der Poel will not race Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, with his Corendon-Circus team not receiving a wildcard invitation to the race. Van der Poel, however, does not agree with his famous grandfather, and is looking ahead instead to Amstel Gold Race a week later. Poulidor, who was known as the 'eternal second' for finishing on the podium of the Tour de France eight times in the 1960s and 1970s, said Van der Poel has been so impressive in his debut spring classics campaign that he could have been competitive at Roubaix on Sunday. The 24-year-old won Dwars door Vlaanderen and the GP de Denain, along with stages at both the Tour of Antalya and Circuit de la Sarthe. He finished fourth at Gent-Wevelgem and then fourth at the Tour of Flanders last weekend after fighting back from a ...

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