Van der Poel, the first cyclist in history to win these 3 titles
After 3 fighting for it, Mathieu Van der Poel has won his first MTB World Cup in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. And he did it masterfully winning the 7 times world champion, Nino Schurter. In addition, with this victory, Van der Poel becomes the first cyclist in history to win a XCO World Cup, a CX World Cup and a World Tour road race.
Mathieu Van der Poel is the first cyclist to win these three
So far, if you wanted to compete in the maximum level at in any cycling discipline, you had no other choice than specialize to get a very specific preparation for that category. But the young Mathieu Van der Poel is revolutionizing the theory in recent months.
Last January we saw him win the Hoogerheide Cyclo-cross Championship, in addition to the World Cup of this modality shortly afterwards. Only a few months later, we have seen it on a road bike getting World Tour victories, such as the Amstel Gold Race, the Brabantse Pijl and the Dwars door Vlaanderen. And now, with a mountain bike he has won the XCO Nove Mesto World Cup.
In less than 5 months he has managed to win what never before had won another cyclist in history. He has become the first person to win 1 XCO World Cup, 1 CX World Cup and 1 UCI World Tour road race.
Looking at his record, after winning the Nove Mesto World Cup, it seems curious that Van der Poel said yesterday that: "winning a MTB World Cup is one of the most difficult things I have achieved".