Despite his young age, Maikel Van der Vleuten already achieved what most riders dream of: he has won team silver at the London Olympic Games, team gold at the Normandie World Championships, the 2014 Nations Cup Final in Barcelona and several Grand Prix like Lyon, London, Madrid and recently claimed victory in classes at the Paris Masters and at London Olympia. Yet he just started riding at the high level four years ago! An incredible rise he probably couldn’t have done without his incredible horse Verdi and the support of his father Eric, an international rider himself. Together, father and son competed in the St. Gall Nations Cup where both went double clear offering their country the first place. Today, the son has exceeded the father, but Maikel stays very humble. He trains and works hard to keep on with this success.