Dutch road race champion Mathieu van der Poel fights his way back to the front after a crash at the 2019 Tour of Flanders After Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) and Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) marked each other out of contention in Gent-Wevelgem last weekend, Van Aert had some harsh words for his lifelong rival but the Dutch champion was relaxed ahead of the Tour of Flanders , saying the incident was "a closed chapter" and that he’s "not losing sleep over it".
"It was already a closed chapter for me on Sunday. It’s just racing, I’m not losing sleep over it," Van der Poel said on Friday.
The Tour of Flanders represents the final showdown of the 2020 road race season for the two young stars and the last chance for Van der Poel to chalk up a major one-day victory in the Classics as the coronavirus pandemic has led to the cancellation of Paris-Roubaix.
Speaking in a video interview with his team, Van der Poel said he learned a few things from his debut in the Tour of Flanders in 2019 – in particular from his dramatic crash ahead of the second trip up the Oude Kwaremont. While trying to move up on the outside of the peloton, he suddenly faced a traffic island and, in trying to bunny-hop the kerb, punctured then crashed over the handlebars. Rivalry ruins Gent-Wevelgem for Van Aert and Van der Poel Van Aert: I haven’t changed my mind on Van der Poel incident Alaphilippe, […]