Mathieu Van der Poel will not ride the MTB World Championships

The Dutch cyclist Mathieu Van der Poel will not participate in the Mountain Bike World Championships that are held this week in the Italian town of Val di Sole. Van der Poel still has back discomfort after the fall he suffered in the Tokyo Olympic Games and both the cyclist and his team, the Alpecin-Fenix, have decided to act prudently.

The Alpecin-Fenix ​​team itself announced the news of Van der Poel’s resignation through a statement published this Sunday. “Mathieu Van der Poel has been suffering from back discomfort in recent weeks. Although the situation is improving, the Mountain Bike World Championships in Val di Sole would be very precipitous for the cyclo-cross world champion. His intention now is to prepare the objectives for the next part of the season, which includes Paris-Roubaix, and he will compete in the Benelux Tour, where he is the reigning champion. “

A decision that he respected Gerben de Knegt, Netherlands coach of mountain biking, which in statements to KNWU, the Netherlands Cycling Federation, stated that, following the statement published by Alpecin-Fenix, this is the best decision. “Of course we would have had a great candidate for the medal with Mathieu, but in view of his goals and ours in the short and long term, the most prudent thing is for Mathieu not to force anything now.” We will therefore have to wait for the BinckBank Tour to see a Mathieu Van der Poel in action again, who will have to wait to storm the rainbow jersey and the mountain bike world title.

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