Canyon admits Van der Poel used 'adapted' Aeroad CFR at Strade Bianche

Mathieu van der Poel Canyon Aeroad
Adaptations include drilling holes in the frame for cable entry, and a replacement fork (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

For Mathieu van der Poel's win at Strade Bianche, eagle-eyed viewers noted that he was aboard the same Canyon Aeroad that is currently under a stop-ride investigation

All of Canyon's sponsored athletes have been forced to switch bikes after Van der Poel's handlebar inexplicably snapped during the final stages of Le Samyn, leaving the Dutchman needing to throw away a portion of his bars, and complete the race with his shifter hanging by the cables.

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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. He 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.