There was a lot of questioning over the voting at the Velo d'Or. Whilst having a great season, many disagreed that Jonas Vingegaard was the star rider of the season. Adrie van der Poel is one of them, and he believes the award should've fallen into the hands of Tadej Pogacar.
The votes were given by journalists world-wide, both independent and from notable news sources. Still it came as a shock to many fans - upon revealing - that several did not feature Mathieu van der Poel or Tadej Pogacar in their Top5 despite incredibly strong and successful seasons. Ultimately it was the consistency of votes towards Jonas Vingegaard which earned him the win, as the World Champion gathered more first place votes from the voters.
Double the Velo d'Or jury members voted for Mathieu van der Poel over Jonas Vingegaard despite Dane taking the award
However Mathieu's father wasn't subjective and tells who he believes should've won: "Not Mathieu, but Tadej Pogacar should have won that prize. Paris-Nice, Tour of Flanders, second in the Tour, Il Lombardia. Yes, guys," Adrie van der Poel shared with Het Nieuwsblad. "But look at the honors list of the Vélo d'Or: there are not many riders on it who have not won the Tour."
"What a season. I don't wear a hat or a sweater, but I am a fan," José de Cauwer replied. "Although I will say: I am revising my opinion about Vingegaard. I thought that figure was rather flat, but winning the Tour two years in a row and this year also the Critérium du Dauphiné, the Tour of the Basque Country and coming second in the Vuelta a España."