Mathieu van der Poel ramps up Classics prep at BinckBank Tour

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Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) on the attack on stage 7 of Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

After a two-week break following Tirreno-Adriatico, Mathieu van der Poel will return to racing at the BinckBank Tour on Tuesday as he ramps up preparation for the rescheduled Classics season.

The Dutchman, who won the penultimate, hilly stage at Tirreno, should be among the favourites for the five-day race held across Belgium and the Netherlands, the latest stop en route to his return to the Tour of Flanders and Paris-Roubaix debut.

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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