If the death of Raymond Poulidor on Wednesday left the big family of cycling in the sadness, this disappearance has all the more marked Mathieu van der Poel.
Prodigy of the world bike, the Dutchman is none other than the grandson of "Poupou". The daughter of the latter, Corinne Poulidor, having married the former Dutch champion Adrie van der Poel.
The 24-year-old has posted on Facebook a photo full of complicity with his grandfather. "Always so proud," he soberly commented, with the emoji of a broken heart.
Mathieu van der Poel was one of the big revelations of the 2019 season after his many successes (10), as on the classics Through Flanders or the Amstel Gold Race.