Mathieu van der Poel tested his battered back in the Antwerp Port Epic on Sunday and promptly won the one-day race. New exams will follow in the Primus Classic and the Gooikse Pijl next weekend.
Those races will determine whether Van der Poel will pin a jersey number on Sunday, September 26 at the start of the World Cup in Antwerp.
National coach Koos Moerenhout has already selected the leader, but also notes reservations himself.
“The selection is not yet 100 percent final,” the national coach admits. “But Mathieu van der Poel’s experiences over the past weekend are so positive that we are hopeful that he can drive.”
“Mathieu has to weigh himself after the weekend whether his back can handle the load and whether he can do the necessary training work for the World Cup.”
“Of course it makes a difference if he can be there in good condition, because then he will be considered a favorite by many.”
“We have more riders who can play for a long time on this terrain, but with Mathieu there, of course, we have more pronounced chances of a good result.”
- Pascal Unicorn
- Sebastian Langeveld
- Bauke Mollema
- Oscar Riesebeek
- Mike Teunissen
- Dylan van Baarle
- Mathieu van der Poel
- Danny van Poppel
Any reserve was not released. Niki Terpstra, Taco van der Hoorn, Fabio Jakobsen, Ide Schelling, Nils Eekhoff, Cees Bol and Timo Roosen, among others, were not called up. Tom Dumoulin is injured.