Cyclist Mathieu van der Poel was unable to compete for the victory in Le Samyn due to material failure, but he saw to his satisfaction that teammate Tim Merlier completed his work successfully. “I am very happy for Tim”, said the Alpecin-Fenix leader.
Just like two days ago, Van der Poel was one of the trendsetters in the final of Le Samyn in the Kuurne-Brussels-Kuurne match, but there was no victory. “My steering wheel broke off on a cobblestone section and I couldn’t put in any force,” he said afterwards. He was able to continue driving, but sprinting was no longer possible. “It was too late to change bikes. Actually, I immediately said through the ear that I would draw the card of our sprinters. I would respond to everything, Tim only had to focus on the sprint. I’m glad Tim has it. can finish. “
The Dutch champion moves to the Strade Bianche with a satisfied feeling, despite the fact that the preparation had to be shifted after the team had left the UAE Tour after a corona infection in the coaching staff. “The condition is good, I feel much better than last year. I am just fresher, I think I also have some of my cross shape in my legs.” Van der Poel is looking forward to the Strade Bianche, the Italian race that is partly over unpaved strips. “Although I think it is a shame that it is going to rain. When it is dry, the race is more technical.”