‘I’ve no idea how he did that’ - Mathieu van der Poel's coach on his broken shoe World Championships win

Koos Moerenhout says adrenaline got Van der Poel through the dramatic late incident which left him with a broken cleat and snapped Boa dial

Mathieu van der Poel
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Koos Moerenhout, the coach of the Dutch elite men, was just as shocked as the majority of cycling fans and journalists when Mathieu van der Poel won the elite men’s road race at the World Championships with a broken shoe.

Van der Poel suffered a heavy fall in the closing stages of the race as he slipped out on a corner that had become slick on the Glasgow city centre circuit. However, he swiftly remounted his bike and continued to power to victory.

Not long after television pictures of the race appeared to show him snapping the Boa dial off his shoe which had become broken in the incident.

It also later emerged that one section of his cleat had snapped clean off in the crash.

Speaking to Cycling Weekly, Moerenhout said that he couldn’t wrap his head around how Van der Poel had still managed to get back on and manage to put enough power through his pedals to seize the rainbow jersey.

“I really can't explain how he did that,” Moerenhout said. “I’ve no clue there but he managed to do it. Always when a crash happens you never know: is the bike damaged? Are the shoes damaged? That's all high tech stuff of course. If you fall the wrong way, then easily you run into a problem and luckily he could still use his bike.

“With a bit of adjusting he could at least put some power through his shoe and finish the job. It's a hectic moment once that happens. You're full of adrenaline and there's only one way to go.”

It's a reaction most cyclists have,” he added. “Am I okay? Is the bike okay? and then they just go again. Of course, you have to be a bit lucky that the bike is still working after a crash and stuff, but even with that you could still see he was the best man on the bike at that stage.

“He kept gaining ground and there was no doubt about it that he was going to finish it off at that point.”

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