Prudhomme: 'Van der Poel is an immense boost for cycling'

CASCIA, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 10: Start / Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team Alpecin-Fenix / Fans / Public / Mask / Covid Safety Measures / Selfie / Children / during the 55th Tirreno-Adriatico 2020, Stage 4 a 194km stage from Terni to Cascia 645m / @TirrenAdriatico / on September 10, 2020 in Cascia, Italy. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)
Matthieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) at the start of the Tirreno-Adriatico in 2020 (Image credit: Getty Images)

One mention of Mathieu van der Poel is sufficient to send Christian Prudhomme into raptures. 

Speaking to Cyclingnews in Châlon-sur-Saône prior to the start of the fourth stage of Paris-Nice, the Tour de France boss couldn’t hide his delight about the fact that the Dutchman is due to make his Tour de France debut this summer with his Alpecin-Fenix team.

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Peter Cossins has written about professional cycling since 1993 and is a contributing editor to Procycling. He is the author of The Monuments: The Grit and the Glory of Cycling's Greatest One-Day Races (Bloomsbury, March 2014) and has translated Christophe Bassons' autobiography, A Clean Break (Bloomsbury, July 2014).