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Mathieu van der Poel blames altitude training for Tour de France woes

Van der Poel: I'm a shadow of myself at the moment

Mathieu van der Poel is still at a loss to fully explain his sub-par performance at the recent Tour de France, but suspects things went wrong in the weeks between the Giro d’Italia and the Tour de France. 

Specifically, the Dutchman believes an altitude training camp was to blame, coming too soon after the Giro and having the effect of hampering his recovery rather than accelerating his preparations for the Tour. 

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