Mathieu van der Poel raced on a modified Canyon Aeroad CFR at Strade Bianche

Cable ports were drilled into the frame to enable to use of an alternative handlebar, while the investigation over the snapped cockpit at Le Samyn continues

Although Canyon has issued a ‘stop riding’ order for the Canyon Aeroad CF SLX and CFR models, observant viewers of Strade Bianche on Saturday will have noticed that Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) sailed to victory aboard his same Aeroad CFR.

The order came after Van der Poel’s right hand drop snapped off at Le Samyn on Tuesday March 2 – although this didn’t stop him still leading out team-mate Tim Merlier to a winning sprint.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg