Mathieu van der Poel will continue to drive for Alpecin-Fenix ​​longer.

The Belgian WorldTour team has broken open the contract with the Brabant wolverine and extended it until 2025, it was announced on Sunday.

In addition, he will continue to combine cycling, mountain biking and cyclo-cross until the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.

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The 26-year-old Van der Poel has been associated with the team led by the brothers Christoph and Philip Roodhooft for ten years.

During that period, he won 34 races on the road, became world champion in cyclo-cross four times and became European champion in mountain biking in 2019.

Van der Poel experienced the peak of his career in June by impressively conquering the yellow jersey in the Tour de France.

De Brabander won the stage to the Mûr-de-Bretagne after a nice attack and thus also took the lead in the general classification.

He dedicated the double blow to his deceased grandfather Raymond Poulidor.

A month later, however, things went completely wrong for Van der Poel in the Olympic mountain bike race in Tokyo.

The Dutchman thought that there was a plank when he blindly jumped off a rock.

That turned out not to be the case, after which he fell hard on his back.

He gave up after about half the race.

Van der Poel is currently recovering from the serious back injury.

"I am very happy that I have signed a contract for several years with the team that feels like my second family," said Van der Poel.

"I am very happy with Alpecin-Fenix. The team has developed fantastically in recent years and is only getting better and stronger every year."

"It is unique that I have been driving for the same team for so long," continues Van der Poel.

"Who knows, I may have only ridden for one team in my entire career. I am not looking too far ahead yet, but a dream would come true if I became world champion in all three disciplines. Most likely I will stay until the Games of 2024 combine cycling, cyclo-cross and mountain biking in Paris."

Mathieu van der Poel rode in the yellow leader's jersey for six days in the Tour de France earlier this year.

Mathieu van der Poel rode in the yellow leader's jersey for six days in the Tour de France earlier this year.

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Biggest wins at Alpecin-Fenix

In the Alpecin-Fenix ​​shirt, Van der Poel recorded great victories, including the Amstel Gold Race in 2019, the Dutch championship on the road, the Ronde van Vlaanderen and the BinckBank Tour in 2020 and this year's Strade Bianche, two stages in Tirreno -Adriatico and the Tour of Switzerland and thus the stage in the Tour.

Van der Poel was also very successful in cyclo-cross.

He has so far been four times world champion and three times European champion in the mud.

In addition, he also won another 28 matches in the battle for the World Cup.

In mountain biking, which he has been focusing on since 2016, he was the best thirty times.

The 2019 European title has been the pinnacle of his mountain bike career so far.

This year he won two races in that discipline.

Thanks in part to the advance of Van der Poel, Alpecin-Fenix ​​has grown into one of the better teams in the cycling peloton in recent years. The Belgian formation, which started in 2009 as BKCP-Powerplus, currently belongs to the ProTour category, a category below the WorldTour. As the winner of the Europe Tour, Alpecin-Fenix ​​acquired a ticket for all WorldTour races this year.