Mathieu Van der Poel: “I am getting older by a day, the chances of grabbing that rainbow jersey are getting smaller every year”

Mathieu Van der Poel: “I am getting older by a day, the chances of grabbing that rainbow jersey are getting smaller every year”
Mathieu Van der Poel: “I am getting older by a day, the chances of grabbing that rainbow jersey are getting smaller every year”

Although the mixed team time trial at the World Cycling Championships in Australia ended in a debacle for the Netherlands, Mathieu van der Poel left a good feeling. The Dutch leader for Sunday’s road race, who has only ridden four races since his retirement in the Tour de France, had tested his legs. “It’s not great yet, but I hope to be all right by Sunday,” said Van der Poel on Thursday at the hotel of the Dutch team.

Source: BELGA

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The team time trial was disastrous for the Netherlands with material failure for Bauke Mollema and a fall of Annemiek van Vleuten, note the rider who had persuaded Van der Poel to participate in the fairly new part. “I was good during that time trial”, he looked back. “I drove the wattages I had in mind. It was not yet the way it should be on Sunday. I’m not super yet, but hey, I’ve only been here since Monday. It takes some time to acclimate.”

Van der Poel stepped out of the Tour due to a lack of form. Once back on the bike, he won three of the four (smaller) races in which he started. “I did everything I could to be in order for this World Cup. I know my body well, but in the Tour we also saw that it is not an exact science. Sometimes things don’t go your way and the human body is not a machine. It can sometimes be difficult, but I do feel that I am good. Otherwise I would not have traveled. You never know if it’s enough for Sunday. But I’ll go for it. “

“I hope that one day in my career I can become a world champion. That I can ‘check’ that off my list. It’s such a difficult race to win and I’ve only entered twice. That was not bad in itself, but everyone knows the story of Harrogate (hunger knock, ed.) and in Leuven I came back after my back injury. It wasn’t bad twice. It was certainly not a fiasco, but I hope to be closer on Sunday. I am also getting older by a day, the chances of grabbing that rainbow jersey are getting smaller every year.”

The article is in Dutch

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