David van der Poel about his brother Mathieu’s collarbone fracture: “Thought he was being silly”

David van der Poel about his brother Mathieu’s collarbone fracture: “Thought he was being silly”
David van der Poel about his brother Mathieu’s collarbone fracture: “Thought he was being silly”
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Mathieu van der Poel has been through a lot with his father Adrie. About ten years ago he once had to wait in the car with a broken collarbone.

Mathieu van der Poel recently said in a podcast that as a 16-year-old he had broken his collarbone during training. Father Adrie van der Poel put his son in the car and continued his training with other riders.

“But it was actually a misunderstanding,” says brother David HLN. “Mathieu was still a newcomer, one day he broke his collarbone in a fall on a descent. We didn’t know that at first, so our dad put him in the car that was parked along the course.”

No Spartan upbringing

Mathieu van der Poel was in pain and wanted to make that clear to the other riders. “Every time we passed, he honked the horn. We thought he was being silly, but he honked the horn because he was in so much pain.”

But there was no question of a Spartan upbringing. “Our dad was very down to earth. When we had to train, we had to train. But when it rained, he came to pick us up from school in the car,” said David van der Poel.

The article is in Dutch

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