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Mathieu van der Poel: Back injury will probably remain my Achilles heel

Confirmed: Mathieu van der Poel returns to cyclocross in Hulst this weekend


Training on the road at the Alpecin-Deceuninck camp in Denia this week has given Mathieu van der Poel some respite from the back problems that have compromised his most recent cyclocross outings, but the Dutchman acknowledged that the issue is one he will have to manage for the rest of his career.

Van der Poel’s back problems stem from his crash in the mountain bike event at the Tokyo Olympics, and the injury forced him to cut short his cyclocross campaign last winter. The issue appeared to be broadly resolved after a 2022 road season that included a second Tour of Flanders victory, but he has again been restricted on the cyclocross circuit.

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