Mathieu van der Poel voted 'Rider of the Year' by 35% of readers: here's why

The Dutch showman lit up the men’s race scene with an unprecedented double

Mathieu van der Poel
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Each year, Cycling Weekly readers select a 'Rider of the Year', and for 2023, Mathieu van der Poel claimed the glory - gaining 35% of the total votes.

If anyone was going to do it, it had to be him. Stood atop the Glasgow World Championship podium in August, Mathieu van der Poel completed the bridge he had been building between his beloved cyclo-cross and road race worlds. He became the first man to hold both World Championships at the same time.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.