Mathieu van der Poel's end-of-season plans in jeopardy due to back injury

Team Alpecin Fenix Mathieu van der Poel of Netherlands R wearing the overall leaders yellow jersey rides during the 8th stage of the 108th edition of the Tour de France cycling race 150 km between Oyonnax and Le GrandBornand on July 03 2021 Photo by Thomas SAMSON AFP Photo by THOMAS SAMSONAFP via Getty Images
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) in the yellow jersey at the Tour de France (Image credit: Thomas Samson/AFP/Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel's plans for the remainder of the 2021 season are up in the air, with the Dutchman struggling with back problems, according to reports.

The Alpecin-Fenix leader was forced to cut short an altitude training camp in Livigno last week due to back pain. According to a report in Het Laatste Nieuws, he and his team will draw up a plan for the rest of the season based on his progress at the weekend.

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