Contador: Mathieu van der Poel is the Lionel Messi of cycling

Alberto Contador Vuelta 2012
Alberto Contador at the 2012 Vuelta a España (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Alberto Contador has compared Mathieu van der Poel to the world's best footballer Lionel Messi, arguing that the Dutchman has the star power to captivate cycling fans like no other rider. 

In an interview with Dutch website Wielerflits, Contador, who retired at the end of 2018, also spoke about another young talent, Remco Evenepoel, revealing the Belgian was putting out Grand Tour-winning numbers as a junior. 

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