September 26, 2021 by archyde
Mathieu van der Poel’s skies brightened at the right time. And even if he is not yet totally blue, the 26-year-old Dutchman has managed to evacuate the big black clouds that threatened his horizon a few weeks ago. Just in time to start the Worlds with an ounce of ambition.
“My problem isn’t quite resolved yet but I don’t expect to have to give up because of back pain. Of course, I haven’t had the ideal preparation, but I’ve been working hard in recent years. weeks to be at the start here, and I’m not just coming to ride “, assures the Alpecin-Fenix rider.
Mathieu van der Poel waited until Monday to formalize his participation in the road race, he who is handicapped by a back problem which worsened on the occasion of his fall during the MTB event of the Tokyo Olympics. Because the Dutchman wanted to make sure he could take the start in decent physical condition.
“It’s hard to tell how my ac form is tally. But I did everything to be on top here. I feel that I am ready, otherwise I will not take the start “, explains the four-time cyclo-cross world champion.
Winner upon his return to competition on September 12 at Antwerp Port Epic, Mathieu van der Poel cannot be completely ruled out when it comes to designating the favorites to don the rainbow jersey. Even if the Dutchman is aware that he is starting a long way behind his historic rival, Wout van Aert. “He is ready. He would make a good world champion. There are few riders who are faster than him on a finish like this.”, concedes the rider Alpecin-Fenix.
Despite the immense respect he shows towards his enemy brother, Mathieu van der Poel will undoubtedly not hesitate to prevent the announced coronation of the Antwerp player, if the opportunity arises.