Object of desire: Mathieu Van der Poel's race suit

Matheiu Van der Poel's national champion skinsuit
(Image credit: Josh Croxton)

This Sunday marks the typical beginning of cycling's Holy Week; the eight-day period that is bookended by the two biggest Monuments of the year. It starts with the Tour of Flanders and, in the pre-COVID era, would be capped off with Paris-Roubaix

Unfortunately, Paris-Roubaix has yet again been affected by the pandemic - the third time in 12 months - and so an even greater level of importance lies on the Tour of Flanders' 263.7km route between Antwerp and Oudenaarde. 

available at Kalas

Unfortunately, this exact skinsuit is unavailable for purchase, however, if you want to brave the public opinion of white shorts yourself - or want to don any of Alpecin Fenix's 2021 designs, including the Dutch and Belgian national champion's kits worn by Van der Poel and Dries de Bondt respectively, various options are available at Kalas

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Josh Croxton
Associate Editor (Tech)

Josh is Associate Editor of Cyclingnews – leading our content on the best bikes, kit and the latest breaking tech stories from the pro peloton.

Josh has been with us since the summer of 2019 and throughout that time he's covered everything from buyer's guides and deals to the latest tech news and reviews. On the bike, Josh has been riding and racing for over 15 years.

He started out racing cross country in his teens back when 26-inch wheels and triple chainsets were still mainstream, but he found favour in road racing in his early 20s, racing at a local and national level for Somerset-based Team Tor 2000. 

These days he rides indoors for convenience and fitness, and outdoors for fun on road, gravel, 'cross and cross-country bikes, the latter usually with his two dogs in tow.