Is it time for Mathieu van der Poel to solely focus on the road?

A sixth cyclo-cross world title seemed easy for the Dutchman. Does he have anything left to prove in the sand and the mud?

Mathieu van der Poel
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Adam Becket
Adam Becket

News editor at Cycling Weekly, Adam brings his weekly opinion on the goings on at the upper echelons of our sport. 

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Mathieu van der Poel is once again world champion. That’s a sentence that we’ve got used to now, after his six cyclo-cross titles (and one one the road). But his dominant ride at the weekend showed once again how he is the best in the world when it comes to completing laps in mud. 

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Adam Becket
News editor

Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.