Mathieu van der Poel set to race Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne

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Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) celebrating his stage 1 victory at the UAE Tour (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mathieu van der Poel will return to racing at Sunday's Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, his Alpecin-Fenix team has announced. He will not, however, take part in the first leg of the opening weekend, Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad.

The Dutchman was part of the team which left this week's UAE Tour following stage 1 after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Speculation about his chances of racing Omloop mounted almost immediately upon his exit from the race, which Van der Poel had led after winning the opening stage.

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Dani Ostanek
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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