Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) needed to accept a distant second place behind Wout van Aert (Jumbo-Visma) on the Zonhoven World Cup on Sunday afternoon, and the Dutchman admitted afterwards that he had been hindered by his lingering again harm in the course of the occasion.
Van der Poel missed nearly the whole thing of final yr’s cyclocross season with a again harm and the issue resurfaced on the X2O Trofee in Koksijde in midweek, the place he additionally positioned second behind Van Aert.
On the sand of Zonhoven on Sunday, Van der Poel was in a position to keep in touch with Van Aert via the early exchanges earlier than his second crash of the afternoon allowed the Belgian to open a decisive hole on lap three.
Van der Poel was in damage-limitation mode from there on, holding off Laurens Sweeck (Crelans-Fristads) to position second, 1:23 behind Van Aert.
“Not good,” was Van der Poel’s succinct evaluation in his post-race flash interview. “It’s not going how I prefer it. My again is hurting once more and it’s a bit irritating.”
Van der Poel advised that the ache from his again had performed an element in his crash on the sand, whereas it additionally positioned a restrict on his skill to match Van Aert’s tempo.
“The one factor I’m fascinated by is my again that’s hurting, and it’s a must to be 100% centered on the course, and I’m simply not in a position to,” Van der Poel stated. “I can possibly journey half a lap on the tempo that I would like, however then I’ve to carry again due to the ache, it’s tremendous irritating.”
Van der Poel will journey to Spain on Monday for a coaching camp on the street together with his Alpecin-Deceuninck squad, together with his subsequent appointment on the cyclocross circuit coming on the World Cup in Benidorm on January 22. He’s additionally anticipated to race the next weekend in both Hamme or Besançon forward of the anticipated duel with Van Aert on the World Championships in Hoogerheide on February 5.
“Wout van Aert is in fact additionally very robust, you can not detract from that. However in fact, I’ve to have the ability to compete longer,” Van der Poel advised Sporza.
“Tomorrow I am leaving for a coaching camp in Spain, and possibly that is simply the best time to choose myself up and work on my again. The general public was a assist right here in Zonhoven, but it surely’s not enjoyable to race ‘cross for the time being.”
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