From one Grand Tour to another. Moments after he completed the 2022 Giro d’Italia, Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) confirmed he will be missing out on any racing whatsoever prior to a repeat ride in the Tour de France .
The winner of the opening stage of the Giro d’Italia and race leader for three days, Van der Poel has now completed his first Grand Tour in 57th place overall. However, the GC standing barely tells the full Giro story behind the Dutchman’s notably high-profile performance in the last three and half weeks.
As well as sprinting unsuccessfully against Biniam Girmay (Intermarché-Wanty-Gobert Materiaux) on stage 10 into Jesi, the 27-year-old also took part in no less than five breaks in the final two thirds of the race. The ultra-versatile Alpecin-Fenix racer then finished it off with a third place on the last day’s time trial.
But as Van der Poel told journalists in Verona on Sunday evening, he has no intentions either of making a GC bid in the future for such races, nor yet of doing any racing between Verona and the Tour de France start in Copenhagen in just over a month’s time.
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“I missed out in the breaks and also the sprint against Girmay was […]