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Is Van der Poel too good as an introduction to Philipsen?  'Cut everyone's legs off' |  Vive Le Velo

Is Van der Poel too good as an introduction to Philipsen? ‘Cut everyone’s legs off’ | Vive Le Velo

to Matthew van der Pol as a pilot has Jasper Philipsen Not much to complain about or is this just a problem?

“Matthew also wants to stay out of the danger zone a little bit, I think,” said Sven Ness. “In principle, Van der Poel should be more than a helmsman to take care of the last 400-500 metres.”

Jan Baklantis saw it differently. “I think they miss Jonas Rijkaert a lot. I think that’s the only reason.”

Ryckart, one of the best pilots of the group, has undergone surgery on a narrowed femoral artery and is facing a lengthy rehabilitation.

This is why Alpecin-Deceuninck relied on Van der Poel. “But I don’t know if he’s the right guy for the deadline,” Bucklantis suggested.

“First of all you have to save Matthew for the following days. He can finish that by himself in the next rounds. No matter which way you look at it, Philipsen is the spearhead, and Van der Paul is the spearhead.”

“I think Matthew is also too strong for a good lead. If he keeps getting full, I think he’s going to cut everyone’s legs, including Philipsen.”

“You take your runner into account a lot more if you feel your legs yourself. Van der Poel is so good, a semi-god of cycling, that he’s never felt his legs before.”

However, Van der Poel can also do what Laporte does with Van Aert, but he doesn’t want to be in danger (yet) in the chaotic sprint. “He might do it in the last week of the tour,” Bucklantis concluded.

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