After 3 days the peloton can already “rest”. “In Giro it was a bit the same (in Hungary)” he laughed Matthew van der Pol This afternoon after a training tour.
“I’m out of your rhythm right away, but I don’t feel sad about it. We will suffer enough.”
After a coffee ride in the direction of Tournai (“with an unintended cobbled section of the road”), Van der Poel is ready for the days ahead. When will we actually see it?
“I hope the day after tomorrow on the Roubaix stage. There is a lot possible in that. Except for the introduction, it was in Denmark for Jasper Philipsen. It was agreed.”
“I also felt like I had to get in. I hope I can find my good legs now. Whether I set my sights on the cobbled ride? That says a lot, but it has to suit me and I can take my chance there.”
Van der Poel shows his papers. “There is still a lot possible for yellow. Everyone in a minute has a chance for sure. I try to go riding anyway, but 20” on the Roubaix stage isn’t much. “
Thursday is also tailored for Van der Poel. The ride is right up the street of Boxing in Longwy.
“We still have to look at that, because Jasper (Philipsen) showed yesterday that he is doing well. We have to see how we feel on Thursday and then we will decide.”
Matthew van der Poel has been in the center of defense almost all the time in recent days.
“I kept myself calmly out of this stress for two days,” he laughs. “I’ve had these days well.”
Even Van der Paul was able to juggle football on behalf of the Tour de Tietema on Sunday. The ball ended up in the water.
“They can buy football at my expense,” Van der Poel laughed. “This could pay off.”
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