Mathieu van der Poel hints he may be past his best for Tour of Flanders

SANREMO ITALY MARCH 20 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix during the 112th MilanoSanremo 2021 a 299km race from Milano to Sanremo MilanoSanremo La Classicissima UCIWT on March 20 2021 in Sanremo Italy Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Mathieu Van Der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mathieu van der Poel admitted that he is looking forward to taking a break and racing mountain bikes after his intense spring road campaign but he is hungry to go out on a high at Sunday’s Tour of Flanders

The Dutchman will not ride the Amstel Gold Race or elsewhere after Sunday, with the Tour of Flanders his 15th race in a spring block of racing that started soon after the cyclo-cross season, beginning at the UAE Tour and included Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, Le Samyn, Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico, Milan-San Remo, the E3 Saxo Bank Classic and then last Wednesday’s Dwars door Vlaanderen. 

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