Mathieu van der Poel's dream comes true as he takes Tour de France yellow jersey, but wishes PouPou was here for a photo

The Dutchman was overcome with emotion after swiping bonus seconds and pulling off 'dream scenario' to take the race lead

Mathieu van der Poel
(Image credit: Getty)

"I hope that everything will soon be over so I can see the people from the team and thank them."

Mathieu van der Poel has been the guardian of the yellow jersey for only about half an hour and is already tiring of the pomp that comes with being the leader of the Tour de France. He wants to get back to the things that really matter.

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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.