The national team coach of the Netherlands Koos Moerenhout is holding a place for Mathieu van der Poel to lead the team at the UCI Road World Championships elite men’s road race on September 26, although the Tour de France stage winner has yet to announce if he will compete.
Van der Poel injured his back in a crash during the mountain bike cross country race at the Tokyo Olympics and while he won the Antwerp Port Epic on Sunday and gave a ‘ more than 50/50 chance ‘ he’d race Worlds, his Alpecin-Fenix sports director Christoph Roodhooft told Het Laatste Nieuws that Van der Poel was having more pain the day after.
"We like to think that he can train well again on Tuesday (today, ed.)", says Roodhooft. "The towel has not been thrown in for the World Championships. It is true that he misses some training and competition kilometres. There’s not much we can do about that now. It’s not like he can train ten times for six hours. But is that a problem?"
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Van der Poel has made changes to his schedule for the week to take on the Pro Series event the Impanis Classic on Saturday rather than the 1.1-ranked Kampioenschap van Vlaanderen on Friday.
According to the Dutch federation announcement, Moerenhout has […]