The tour did not bring Matthew van der Poel what he and many others expected. He finished fifth in Denmark at the front, but after that he was no longer really showing up in the piece. On the eleventh stage, the winner of the Tour of Flanders surrendered (tired), having attacked for the first time with Wout van Aert.
In Overijse, Van der Poel once again pinned a number for the Druivenkoers this morning for the first time since the Tour. How are the Dutch?
“I rested a lot after the tour and decided to start here just last week. I hope to be ready.”
What went wrong with the Tour de France, where Van der Poel never reached his level? “The spring went very well in the short term, but after the Giro I was probably without a bike for too long to be able to train fairly hard at altitude in Livigno. I think it’s a combination of those things.”
“I’m definitely not at my top right now, but I’m looking forward to it. After a while, training becomes aimless and you just want to race.”
The World Cup in Australia appears to be the logical main target for Van der Poel in the fall. “We’ll take stock of how it’s going week by week,” the Dutch leader (?) tells Wollongong. “There aren’t a lot of races left to do anymore, so today I definitely wanted to be there.”
“I hope to develop to my upper level from one race to the next, with some challenging courses in between. The intention is definitely to be the leader at the World Cup, and that will naturally work.”
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