Go with Mathieu van der Poel or not? That is one of the hot issues for the elite World Cup on Sunday. In the Belgian camp they haven’t quite figured it out yet. “I don’t want to finish 2nd and feel like I could have been much faster,” says Vanthourenhout.
The moment that everyone knows will come.
Mathieu van der Poel will step on his accelerator at some point on Sunday. Should the Belgians (try to) follow him or let him go?
“I think trying to follow this lap is difficult,” answers Eli Iserbyt the immediate question.
“On a dry and fast course it is easier to ride in the wheel. On Sunday Mathieu has many options to ride away, which makes following more difficult.”
Iserbyt has all but ruled out a follow-up scenario for itself. “I think following is dangerous because I would go over my head.”
“A second or third place is also important,” Iserbyt emphasizes.
“I definitely want to go for it on Sunday and sell my skin dearly. But I will not say in advance that I want to follow Mathieu and put the heat on.”
Michael Vanthourenhout is willing to take the risk. “I am someone who always has to try to last as long as possible,” says the European champion.
“If I fail, then so be it. But I don’t want to finish 2nd and afterwards have the feeling that I could have been much faster.”
“I’m just going to try to last as long as I can. But first I have to try to have a good day.”
And does our 3rd leader, Thibau Nys, plan to go with the top favorite?
“That depends on the moment. When he went to Hoogerheide, I was in the right place and I tried to go along.”
“So you cannot predict it in advance. I will only join in if possible,” Nys concludes.