Last Wednesday (13), through an interview with the website Het Nieuwsblad, Mathieu van der Poel declared that he was surprised to have managed to win at the Grand Pix de Wallonie, in Belgium, and that he left doubts about his presence in the next competitions in professional sport.
“I’ve added everything I’ve ridden since then. But I realize that I will no longer be in top shape, both physically and mentally. Just walking around doesn’t make much sense. Maybe it would be better to rest and prepare for the cyclocross season. A longer period without racing will do me good”, said the cyclist.
Mathieu van der Poel’s statement raised uncertainty about his participation in competitions that had already been confirmed previously such as the Super 8 Classic, on September 16th, Circuit Franco-Belge, September 28th, and Paris – Tours, on October 8th. , In addition to the MTB test event of the Olympics on September 24th.
Regarding the Olympics, the athlete stated his commitment to be present: “The Olympic test event that I definitely still want to do. Just to get the feeling of riding a mountain bike again and because I definitely want to see the Olympics route. This is also why I kept running in Wallonie all day. I hope I can improve a little. But I don’t know if I’ll reach my best form anymore.”
Mathieu van der Poel reported that after several consecutive competitions he began to realize that he needed a break and that his performance was not the same as before. “I know my body well enough, I notice it during training. I don’t ride as easily as I did at the beginning of the season. So you can hope to improve race after race, but that’s not working for me,” he said.