10-hour journey delivers sponsor-incorrect wheels for Van der Poel's Tour de France time trial

Mathieu Van der Poel gets fitted for a skinsuit ahead of the Tour de France stage 5 time trial
Mathieu Van der Poel gets fitted for a skinsuit ahead of the Tour de France stage 5 time trial (Image credit: Alpecin Fenix)

After the enormous effort it took to take it and the emotion that followed, nobody is denying how much the Tour de France yellow jersey means to Mathieu Van der Poel. But proof of just how badly he and the Alpecin-Fenix team want to keep it comes in a story that broke overnight in the lead up to today's stage 5 time trial. 

According to a report by Het Nieuwsblad, Alpecin-Fenix have bought a wheelset from Princeton Carbonworks - which happens to be the spare time trial wheels of Ineos Grenadiers' Cameron Wurf - and had someone drive them 10 hours north from Wurf's home in Andorra to the team's hotel in Rennes on Tuesday.

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