ALPECIN - FENIX
ALPECIN - FENIX
Alpecin–Fenix has been the de facto twentieth team of the nineteen-strong WorldTour since its first-place finish in the second tier of professional cycling in 2020 earned it an automatic wildcard for all the major events of the 2021 season. Accepting the invitation of the Tour de France was a no-brainer. The Flemish outfit set up by brothers Philip and Christoph Roodhoft in 2009 has never taken part in the race before. Originally known as BKCP–Powerplus, it took its first steps in cyclo-cross, in which it got acquainted with success thanks to Niels Albert, world champion in 2009 and 2012. It gradually expanded its activities to road cycling until in 2019 it became part of the Pro Continental category, a gateway to star-studded events.
Ever since Albert's career came to an abrupt end in 2014, the team has bet the farm on Mathieu van der Poel, who, as a rider who takes part in cyclo-cross, road cycling and mountain biking, is the perfect fit for the squad. Raymond Poulidor's grandson, a classics specialist who has already won Strade Bianche and finished second in the Tour of Flanders in 2021, has built his season around the mountain biking race in the Tokyo Olympics, but that does not rule him out as a contender for at least one stage win in the Tour de France or a stint (even for a single day) in the yellow jersey his illustrious grandfather never got to wear.
Alpecin–Fenix has signed Xandro Meurisse, 21st in the 2019 Tour de France. Since the mountains are not its strong suit, the team will be focusing on the first week of the race, as in the other two Grand Tours of the 2021 season. Mathieu van der Poel will lead the charge in uphill bunch sprints, while Jasper Philipsen, the baby of the 2019 Tour de France, will be the squad's man for flat sprints after finishing three times in the top 10 of stages and claiming a stage in the 2020 Vuelta.
4: The number of times Mathieu van der Poel has won the Cyclo-cross World Championships (2015, 2019, 2020 and 2021).
- Final victory0
- Stages victory0
- Yellow Jersey0
- Other race Won0
Overall wins: 0
Podium finishes: 0
Stage wins: 0
Secondary classification wins: 0
Yellow jerseys: 0
16 August 2018: Mathieu van der Poel takes the inaugural stage of the Arctic Race of Norway in Kirkenes, near the Russian border.
21 April 2019: Corendon–Circus claims its first victory in a major classic, the Amstel Gold Race, courtesy of Mathieu van der Poel.
9 May 2021: Tim Merlier opens Alpecin–Fenix's account in the Grand Tours with a sprint victory in stage 2 of the Giro d'Italia.
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