A Family Affair -

In 2021, Team Alpecin-Fenix competed in the Tour de France for the first time. It was also the first Tour for a young Mathieu van der Poel making it a historic moment for his family. His grandfather, Raymond Poulidor, nicknamed "Pou-Pou", was a French professional racing cyclist. Poulidor fought in vain for the yellow jersey. Mathieu started his first Tour with the goal of wearing the yellow jersey, to say “Merci Poupou”, an ode to his grandfather.

On the second stage of the 2021 Tour de France Mathieu took the stage, winning the yellow jersey, after a phenomenal ride at the Mur de Bretagne! He wore the jersey for 6 days before he left the Tour to prepare for the mountainbike Olympics.

On July 1st, 2022, the Tour starts in Copenhagen, Denmark, also known as the most cycling friendly cities in the world. . TheTeam will start under the new name Alpecin-Deceuninck and Mathieu van der Poel as well as his teammates will fight for several stage victories!

Get to know our superstar -
Ahead of the Tour, our marketing team was able to ask some questions to the professional cyclist. Read along to get to know more about Mathieus entrace to cycling and what his hair routine looks like.

Q : How many bikes do you have?

A: I ride in different disciplines, which is why I train and ride on different bikes. I therefore have 1 road bike and a time trial bike for the road, 1 mountain bike and a cross bike for CX competitions. I also ride gravel and not to forget the city bike when I'm on the road privately and legere.

Q: What led you to become a cyclist?

A: Cycling came naturally to me. My grandfather was a professional cyclist, my father was a professional cyclist, so for me and my brother David it was logical that sooner or later we would also be on two wheels.

Q: What’s your daily hair routine?

A: As a professional cyclist, I spend a lot of time training on the road. An important part of my routine is the regenerative shower. I use the Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo C1 here to also give my hair new energy.