Mathieu van der Poel 'just sitting at home on the couch' due to back injury

Mathieu van der Poel wins stage 2 of the 2021 Tour de France
Mathieu van der Poel winning stage 2 of the 2021 Tour de France (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel appears to be running out of time to be competitive in the spring Classics, with his father Adrie revealing that the Alpecin-Fenix rider is still experiencing back pain and is 'just sitting at home on the couch'.

Van der Poel has been suffering with a back problem since last summer and was not at his best at the Road World Championships in September. He recovered from a knee injury and his back issues to start his cyclo-cross campaign during the holidays but abandoned the Superprestige race in Heusden-Zolder on December 27 and was later diagnosed with swelling on an intervertebral disc

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.