Mathieu van der Poel says he has “did everything he can to be in order” for the World Cup on September 25 in Australia, but is still left with question marks.
“I haven’t really raced at World Cup level anymore,” he says about his run-up without Vuelta or Canadian races.
“It’s hard to estimate, but I wouldn’t go to Australia if I don’t think I can win there.”
“The course? That will be on the edge, I think. It is Amstel Gold Race-like, but then I also have to be 100 percent to win.”
Van der Poel is not bothered by pressure. “I’m never stressed before a game again.”
“In the first years I had that in the field at the World Cups, but now I no longer feel pressure.”
What the autumn after the World Cup has in store for Mathieu van der Poel, the Dutchman does not yet know.
“But I will race anyway”, he indicates in The Paddock. “I don’t know when or where yet, but just like last year I have a plan of 10 to 15 races.”
“Last year I only rode one and a half cyclocross because of those back problems. At least 10 crosses is now the intention.”
By the way, what about the back pain? “I have to keep working to keep the problem away.”
“I spend quite a few hours in the gym to keep everything under control. I have work with it, but I can cycle completely pain-free again.”