Mathieu van der Poel switches bikes for Strade Bianche after Le Samyn cockpit malfunction

UAE Tour 2021 3rd Edition 1st stage Al Dhafra Castle Al Mirfa 176 km 21022021 Mathieu Van Der Poel NED AlpecinFenix photo Luca BettiniBettiniPhoto2021
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Mathieu van der Poel is hoping his disappointing ride in last year's Strade Bianche and more recent Le Samyn cockpit malfunction are behind him, accepting that his bike skills and Classics pedigree make him one of the favourites for victory in Siena on Saturday afternoon.

Van der Poel won the opening stage of the UAE Tour just a few weeks after beating Wout van Aert at the cyclo-cross World Championships. However, he was forced to quit the UAE Tour after stage 1 when a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.

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