'Then I saw him and I also heard them laughing behind me,' say Belgian rider.
The Dutchman is targeting stage victories again in his second appearance at the Tour de France.
Alpecin-Fenix kit partner Kalas teams up with aero aficionados Vorteq, maker of top-price, top-tech time trial suits.
Van der Poel's team makes moves in the transfer market as it heads towards the WorldTour.
'I want to fully focus on stage victories,' says Dutch rider.
The Dutchman disappointed to miss out on a second stage win, but finishes race with a victory and a stint in pink.
The Belgian is loving every moment of his racing career after he came close to losing it all following a crash in 2014 that left him in a coma.
A four-rider breakaway upsets the sprinters.
Giro d’Italia: Mathieu van der Poel targets TT but won’t go over his limits with Tour de France in view
Dutch rider went on the attack in the mountains, and now looks ahead to the final TT of the race.
Strapping Dutchman surpasses all expectations with breakaway antics in the high Alps of stage 17.
López books in for another day in pink jersey after GC contenders enjoy day off ahead of mountain mayhem to come.
Alpecin-Fenix to rebrand as Alpecin-Deceuninck for Tour de France, applies for WorldTeam status in 2023
‘In my opinion, we are already at the level of the WorldTour, but it's easier just to be in it,’ says Van der Poel.
Juan Pedro López takes the pink jersey as Tom Dumoulin's GC hopes shatter in Sicily.
Van der Poel will focus on road racing through 2022 before beginning his preparation for the Olympic mountain bike event in 2024.
A look at power numbers from Mathieu van der Poel at the Giro d’Italia.
Van der Poel on pink jersey: 'Normally it’s impossible for to me to keep the jersey on Mount Etna.'
McConnell celebrates her second World Cup win in 2022, while Gaze's win is a comeback two years in the making.
Dutch superstar buries himself to deliver scintillating victory to open the 2022 Giro d'Italia with a bang.
The Eritrean sprinter finished second to Mathieu van der Poel on the opening stage of the Giro d'Italia.
Caleb Ewan tumbles some 35 meters from the finish line.
The aero road bike with pink and green highlights that will be raced by the Dutch rider in his quest to wear the race leader's pink jersey.
One-off design a nod to new product by team sponsor Fenix.
The Dutch superstar is not sure he will be able to match the yellow jersey ‘dream’ of his dramatic and emotional Tour de France debut in 2021.
The Belgian sprinter says he's had interest from Patrick Lefevere but that he hasn't been working on a new contract.
After painful back injury and recovery, a fresher, wiser Mathieu van der Poel might be even more dangerous than ever.
Van der Poel sets sights on the Italian grand tour: 'Everyone always says that you get better from a grand tour, so I'm curious.'
Mathieu van der Poel on ninth at Paris-Roubaix: ‘I should be happy with what I got out of the spring season’
Van der Poel content on injury comeback after top-10s at Milan-San Remo and Paris-Roubaix and victory at Tour of Flanders.
Alpecin-Fenix sprinter takes stage win and general classification lead from Kaden Groves.
Alpecin-Fenix star led home a chase group, but it was only good enough for fourth at the Amstel Gold Race.
Belgian sprinter hopped a roadside barrier to avoid being hit by a group of racers on their way to the line.
A look at the power numbers from Mathieu van der Poel at the Tour of Flanders.
Pogačar’s tactics unravel with ‘junior error’ in sprint finish.
Streaming platform insists that transparency and full access are vitally important to the project.
Mathieu van der Poel delivers tactical masterpiece ahead of Tour of Flanders: ‘I’m happy to be at the highest level again’
Alpecin-Fenix star wins mid-week classic in bold confirmation that he will be a favorite for victory Sunday at Tour of Flanders.
Tadej Pogačar was active — and narrowly escaped a mid-race crash — in the cobbled semi-classic as a warmup for Sunday's Tour of Flanders.
Mathieu van der Poel: ‘I don’t know why Pogačar is racing Flanders but we have to pay him attention’
'I look forward to trying and racing for the victory again,' says pre-race favorite.
Tim Merlier and Jasper Philipsen were both in the chase group, but the team didn't harness its horsepower to close gap to winning quartet.
Dutch superstar wins in bunch kick after riding in a breakaway to confirm fitness ahead of expected Tour of Flanders start.
'I have indicated to the team that I will not dismount again after 10 days,' Dutch rider says of his Tour de France hopes.
Alpecin-Fenix confirms Dutch star will race Coppi e Bartali in latest sign that Mathieu van der Poel is on track to race Tour of Flanders.
‘Two days ago I came home from training and I had a few missed calls,’ Mathieu van der Poel on his Milan-San Remo free role
'I feel pretty good in training but training isn’t racing so for me I'll see how I feel in the end,' Dutch rider says ahead of season debut.
Alpecin-Fenix officials confirm the Dutch star will race the Italian monument 'without expectations or ambitions.'
Alpecin-Fenix rider opened winning sprint with virtually no pressure from other riders or teams in cobbled finale.
Filippo Ganna retained the overall lead, with no change to the general classification in the top eight.
Bardiani CSF Faizanè, Savio's Drone Hopper-Androni Giocattoli crew, and Contador's Eolo-Kometa squad get the call for Giro this spring.
The Dutch superstar is riding his bike again after an injury timeout, but a return to competition is not yet confirmed.
Belgian sprinter looks to replicate breakout 2021 season, builds toward classics and Giro d'Italia.
Dutch star still not training as back problem persists, father Adrie pushes back against idea 'MvdP' is over-raced and under-rested.
Doctors removed scar tissue around the Dutchman's knee as he's sidelined from racing due to a non-related back injury.
The Dutchman has been plagued by a back injury since May 2021, but his team believes the injury will heal with rest.
The Dutch star hopes to 'surprise' himself in his CX debut but thinks Wout van Aert may be too strong for him this weekend.
Maud Oudeman and Alex Bogna were signed to one-year contracts with Canyon/SRAM and Alpecin-Fenix, respectively, following talent ID program on Zwift.
The Dutchman has returned to training with teammates ahead of his planned cyclocross season debut on December 18.
Report indicates van der Poel will return to racing at the Rucphen World Cup on December 18 ahead of clash with Wout van Aert one week later.
Contracts with Alpecin-Fenix and Canyon-SRAM on the line for 2022.
Dutch star went down swinging with trademark panache, but ran into a faster and stronger Sonny Colbrelli in his Paris-Roubaix debut.
Dutch star hints of long-distance attacks if his back holds out, his legs feel good, and forecasters are correct about rain and tailwinds.
Zwift Academy graduate dropped into the Vuelta a España after just 15 days of European racing and immediately impressed – now he's looking to learn the arts of his Alpecin-Fenix teammates.
Van der Poel blasts back to winning ways after struggling with injuries through summer, rates chances for world championships ‘better than 50/50.’
The Dutchman had the world at his feet during the summer, but now he's fighting to race again due to a lingering back issue. Should he race, or cut his losses?
Here's the news making the headlines on Monday, September 6.
Here's what Kenny Elissonde, Jasper Philipsen, and others said after the chaotic final kilometers of stage 5.
Kenny Elissonde took over the race lead when Rein Taaramäe crashed and lost time in the final 11 kilometers.
Jonas Rickaert works hard in the peloton for Mathieu van der Poel and Tim Merlier, but he used to be a bit of a prankster as a teenager.
Mathieu van der Poel, Alpecin-Fenix: From the fringe of the WorldTour to the top of the Tour de France
Alpecin-Fenix treads a tricky line between being defined by Mathieu van der Poel while wanting to be independent of his success.
Mathieu van der Poel defended the yellow jersey from the front of the race, riding in the breakaway group.
Mathieu van der Poel defends yellow jersey, maintaining an eight-second margin ahead of Tadej Pogačar.
A sleepless night, a 900km drive and a determined ride sees Mathieu van der Poel keep yellow for another day at the Tour de France.
Tour de France stage 3: Tim Merlier stays clear for win as crashes shuffle sprinters and GC placings
Mathieu van der Poel retained the yellow jersey in his inaugural Tour de France.
Alpecin-Fenix shows off team kit for the Tour de France honoring Matthieu van der Poel's grandfather, cycling great Raymond Poulidor.
American Joey Rosskopf opened the sprint first, from the front, but rolled over the line third.
Mathieu van der Poel slips ahead of Julian Alaphilippe by one second into the overall race lead.
Dutch star blasted to victory Monday to confirm he's primed for success in his highly anticipated Tour de France debut later this month.
Stefan Küng held onto the overall lead by just one second over world champion Julian Alaphilippe
VN news ticker: Anna van der Breggen bests Annemiek van Vleuten at Durango-Durango, Quick-Step Floors commits to pro cycling through 2027
Here's what's making the headlines on Tuesday, May 18.
Alpecin-Fenix fastman Tim Merlier dethroned a field of top sprinters to win stage 2 on Sunday. Here's how he did it.
Sam Bennett and Mark Cavendish cross line in second and third, respectively, behind Jasper Philipsen in final cobblestone classic.
VN news ticker: Mathieu van der Poel’s Flanders power data, Primož Roglič reigns again, Julien Vermote secures contract
Here’s what’s making the headlines on Tuesday, April 6.