Mathieu van der Poel has become the latest high profile rider to admit to feeling the effects of mental fatigue in 2022.
After a long season in which the Dutchman won the Tour of Flanders for a second time, before competing in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France , van der Poel explained that “there’s not much left in the tank” as he looks ahead to a period of downtime before building for 2023.
During the World Championships in Wollongong, Australia the Dutchman made the headlines for all the wrong reasons after being arrested in connection with an altercation with two teenage girls in the Dutch team hotel. After being charged with two counts of common assault, the Dutchman was later fined £900 for the incident .
After returning to Europe, Van der Poel participated in the inaugural UCI Gravel World Championships as well as the Giro del Veneto which he abandoned shortly before the finish. His final road competition in 2022 will be the Serenissima Gravel race on Friday.
He suffered with a niggling back complaint at the turn of the year, before hitting an early season hot streak that saw him win Dwars door Vlaanderen as well as the Tour of Flanders and the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia .
At the Tour de France Van der Poel’s form began to dip and he was visibly affected by fatigue admitting that he hadn’t reached the level he had wanted for a while. Before racing at Serenissima he told Cycling […]