De Vlaeminck: Van der Poel could win Paris-Roubaix five times

Mathieu van der Poel
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Four-time Paris-Roubaix winner Roger De Vlaeminck has named Mathieu van der Poel as the heir to his crown of the title of 'Monsieur Roubaix', suggesting the cyclo-cross world champion and Classics contender can better his haul of four Paris-Roubaix victories, with Wout van Aert likely to be his biggest rivals in the yeas ahead. 

De Vlaeminck rode Paris–Roubaix 14 times during his hugely successful career, winning Roubaix in 1972, 1974, 1975 and 1977, and finishing second four times, third once, fifth once, sixth once, and seventh twice. He abandoned only once, in 1980.

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