Vlad Van Mechelen is a man with a story. The Belgian leader and fellow favorite in the juniors comes from a family that breathes race. And alls he becomes world champion next night, his parents might make a great music hit about it. Six facts about the Belgian leader.
35 times in top 10
There has been a large circle among connoisseurs around the name Vlad Van Mechelen for quite some time. The top talent has already finished in the top 10 35 times this season. Last year, as a freshman junior, he already finished 8th in the World Championship road race.
The all-rounder with an excellent final sprint has the secret weapon that he does not go bad as quickly beyond the 100 kilometer mark than the competition.
Sister was also once in World Cup selection
His sister Gloria Van Mechelen, who is two years older, is also a rider: she was selected a few years ago for the World Championships and the European Championships in the youth. Now she rides for the Lviv Cycling Team.
Rides in a team founded by parents
Vlad himself plays for Team Cannibal, a team his parents Francis and Erika founded 9 years ago. Cannibal is a Lithuanian team based in Belgium. From next year, Cannibal will become a Bahrain-Victorious training team.
Van Mechelen himself becomes a promise in the training team of Team DSM.
Training buddies from all over the world
The Van Mechelen family has a riders home in Bertem, where they welcome riders from all over the world all year round. From America to Russia. They all train together as a band of friends in Bertem and the surrounding area.
The fact that Vlad sounds Eastern European is because his mom Erika comes from Lithuania. Vlad also grew up partly in the country.
Vlad (left) with his mom and sister.
Parents formed much-discussed hit duo
Papa Francis and mama Erika once made their mark in the music world as the musical duo Dynamite. Although gourmets will undoubtedly bring out the earplugs when they think back to some hits. Do you remember sing-a-longs like “Sex with the blonde”, “The pizza dance” and “Horn on my watercraft”.
“My favourite? That must have been The bird dance”, Van Mechelen laughed at Het Nieuwsblad. “With that little dance. If little man do you like that. Although it’s not really my style anymore.”
Listen to one of the success hits below
Dad not at World Cup due to medical emergency
To his own chagrin, Papa Francis will not be at the World Cup in Australia. However, last week he was on a flight to the other side of the world. Only on the way to a stopover in Zurich the oxygen level in his blood suddenly dropped.
Due to the medical emergency, Francis traveled back home by train, Mom Erika will probably be there.