Mathieu van der Poel off colour at Dwars door Vlaanderen

WAREGEM BELGIUM MARCH 31 Mathieu Van Der Poel of Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix during the 75th Dwars Door Vlaanderen 2021 Mens Elite a 1841km race from Roeselare to Waregem DDV DDV21 FlandersClassic A travers la Flandre on March 31 2021 in Waregem Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
2019 Dwars door Vlaanderen winner Mathieu van der Poel of Alpecin-Fenix finished Wednesday in 58th (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mathieu van der Poel has often seemed capable of doing anything he wants, when he wants, but the Dutchman appeared human on Wednesday, with a Dwars door Vlaanderen performance that raises question marks ahead of the Tour of Flanders. 

Unlike World Champion Julian Alaphilippe (Deceuninck-QuickStep), Van der Poel was present and correct when the race exploded on the Taaienberg, but quickly understood he was not on a good day. 

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