Van der Poel out of Omloop Het Nieuwsblad with flu

LAGOS PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 19 Start Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Interview Portimo City during the 46th Volta ao Algarve 2020 Stage 1 a 1956km stage from Portimo to Lagos VAlgarve2020 on February 19 2020 in Lagos Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Mathieu van der Poel opened his road season at the Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Mathieu van der Poel's 2020 spring Classics debut has been delayed after the Dutchman was forced out of Saturday's Omloop Het Nieuwsblad, his Alpecin-Fenix team has announced.

The Dutchman, who made his 2020 road debut at last week's Volta ao Algarve, was suffering from flu and a high fever on Wednesday night, the team announced as they posted their squad for the race to Instagram.

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