Mathieu van der Poel facing a week of COVID-19 tests ahead of possible Omloop Het Nieuwsblad start

UAE Tour 2021 - 3th Edition - 1st stage Al Dhafra Castle - Al Mirfa 176 km - 21/02/2021 - Mathieu Van Der Poel (NED - Alpecin-Fenix) - photo Luca Bettini/BettiniPhoto©2021
Mathieu van der Poel at the start of stage 1 of the UAE Tour (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

Alpecin-Fenix leader Mathieu van der Poel looks all set to start Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad should he return further negative COVID-19 tests this week.

In order to take part in the race, Van der Poel must follow the protocols of cycling's governing body, the UCI, as well as the Belgium's national federation's measures and those of the Belgian government.

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Dani Ostanek
Senior News Writer

Dani Ostanek is Senior News Writer at Cyclingnews, having joined in 2017 as a freelance contributor and later being hired full-time. Prior to joining the team, they had written for numerous major publications in the cycling world, including CyclingWeekly and Rouleur.


Dani has reported from the world's top races, including the Tour de France, World Championships, and the spring Classics. They have interviewed many of the sport's biggest stars, including Mathieu van der Poel, Remco Evenepoel, Demi Vollering, and Anna van der Breggen.


As well as original reporting, news and feature writing, and production work, Dani also oversees How to Watch guides and works on The Leadout newsletter throughout the season. Their favourite races are Strade Bianche and Paris-Roubaix and their favourite published article is from the 2024 edition of the latter: 'Unless I'm in an ambulance, I'm finishing this race' – Cyrus Monk, the last man home at Paris-Roubaix