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Van der Poel and Van Vleuten named cyclists of the year

2019-11-20T20:07:56.697Z

Mathieu van der Poel was named the Dutch cyclist of the year in Den Bosch on Wednesday. For the women, the prize went to Annemiek van Vleuten for the second time.



Mathieu van der Poel was named the Dutch cyclist of the year in Den Bosch on Wednesday. For the women, the prize went to Annemiek van Vleuten for the second time.

The 24-year-old Van der Poel beat Bauke Mollema, Steven Kruijswijk, Mike Teunissen, track cyclist Harrie Lavreysen and BMX rider Twan van Gendt in the election for the Gerrit Schulte Trophy.

The all-rounder was not present at De Maaspoort to receive the prize. He was en route to the Netherlands from France, where his grandfather Raymond Poulidor (83), who died last week, was buried on Tuesday.

Van der Poel booked thirteen victories on the road this year, with the Amstel Gold Race being his most impressive. In April he became the first Dutch winner of the WorldTour race in a spectacular final since Erik Dekker in 2001.

In addition to his victory in the Amstel Gold Race, the all-rounder won Dwars door Vlaanderen, three stages and the overall classification of the Tour of Great Britain and the Brabantse Pijl.

Van der Poel also became both European and cyclocross world champion. He also won the European title on mountain bike.

Van Vleuten became world champion on the road this year after an unparalleled solo of more than 100 kilometers. She also won the Giro Rosa, Liège-Bastogne-Liège and the Strade Bianche.

The election is organized by Club 48, an association of former cycling professionals. The current riders were also able to cast their votes and an internet vote was included in the results.

Source: nunl

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