Mathieu van der Poel opens world of possibilities after promise he'll do everything he can to win a Tour de France stage

The Dutchman says he wants to race in the attacking style he always does, to entertain both himself and the fans

Mathieu van der Poel
(Image credit: Getty)

The number of times Mathieu van der Poel has been asked about the pressure foisted upon his shoulders when he turns up to the biggest bike races in the world would have seen a regular human folding themselves up into a mind prison of doubt over their own abilities. At some point, if something is repeated over and over again, it escapes into reality and becomes tangible.

"Yeah, there's a lot [of pressure] to win in the first two stages and I think many riders are focused on those two," Mathieu van der Poel says, having tested just how great the appetite for him is by appearing via Zoom link at 9am, and yes, the press conference was still packed. "Also because there's a yellow jersey attached to the win in the first stage.

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Hi. I'm Cycling Weekly's Weekend Editor. I like writing offbeat features and eating too much bread when working out on the road at bike races.

Before joining Cycling Weekly I worked at The Tab and I've also written for Vice, Time Out, and worked freelance for The Telegraph (I know, but I needed the money at the time so let me live).

I also worked for ITV Cycling between 2011-2018 on their Tour de France and Vuelta a España coverage. Sometimes I'd be helping the producers make the programme and other times I'd be getting the lunches. Just in case you were wondering - Phil Liggett and Paul Sherwen had the same ham sandwich every day, it was great.