Tour de France leader Van der Poel rejects idea of becoming a future GC contender

CHATEAUROUX FRANCE JULY 01 Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Yellow Leader Jersey during the 108th Tour de France 2021 Stage 6 a 1606km stage from Tours to Chteauroux LeTour TDF2021 on July 01 2021 in Chateauroux France Photo by Michael SteeleGetty Images
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in action during stage 6 of the Tour de France (Image credit: Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Tour de France leader Mathieu van der Poel, after his fifth day in the yellow jersey, has strongly played down any speculation that in the future he might end up trying to go for an overall victory at the race.

The Netherlands last won the Tour de France in 1980 with Joop Zoetemelk, and although Tom Dumoulin's success in the Giro d'Italia and podium placing in the Tour de France had raised the country's hopes, for now, the quest for a successor to Zoetemelk has proved fruitless.

Thank you for reading 5 articles in the past 30 days*

Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read any 5 articles for free in each 30-day period, this automatically resets

After your trial you will be billed £4.99 $7.99 €5.99 per month, cancel anytime. Or sign up for one year for just £49 $79 €59

Join now for unlimited access

Try your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Alasdair Fotheringham

Alasdair Fotheringham has been reporting on cycling since 1991. He has covered every Tour de France since 1992 bar one, as well as numerous other bike races of all shapes and sizes, ranging from the Olympic Games in 2008 to the now sadly defunct Subida a Urkiola hill climb in Spain. As well as working for Cyclingnews, he has also written for The IndependentThe GuardianProCycling, The Express and Reuters.