Yesterday's Het Laatste Nieuws & De Morgen
Mathieu Van der Poel had an offday on All Saints Day for the Koppenberg Cross, something that he cannot understand. He was not sick nor injured but he doesn't worry for the rest of the season. The day after the race was a recup day like any other recuperation day: loosely riding in am, a nap after lunch and then consulting the kinesist.
He thought that he might not have recovered from the trip from Pontchateau but knows that that cannot be a logical explanation. He was with the Belgians on the plane and they had no trouble with that trip. He doesn't go further than "maybe a bit exhausted".
He doesn't even believe that his cut short summer preparation ma have an influence on this off-day
Because so far I consistently performed. If my basis was not large enough I would have had more ups and downs. I understand people's surprise because I don't get it either. It rarely occurs to me, such an off-day. It wasn't fun but I've decided not to break my mind about it. The coming weekend we shall see if there's something wrong with but right now I start from the assumption that everything is okay and that I soon can get my normal level back.
(In Gazet van Antwerpen)
Both Wout Van Aert and Mathieu Van der Poel pulled out of the Schelde Cross in Antwerp, next Saturday. They are both still scheduled to race Ruddervoorde though. After Ruddervoorde Wout is going on holiday in Spain for a week in order to recuperate for the rest of the season and thereby will miss Niel (traditionally held on Armistice Day 11/11) and Hasselt on 11/19. None of them are ranked events.
Wout would like to show his rainbow jersey but we should beware of overdoing. He also wants to be fit for the Worlds late January and that's why it's wise to fill in some gas back.
says his manager Jan Verstraeten. His trainer also feared he raced too much. See the thread dedicated to him.
Mathieu also pulls out of Niel but races Ruddervoorde and he stays in Belgium.
Due to his knee injuries Mathieu didn't have an ideal preparation for this cross season and shouldn't ... [cannot translate]. The season is still long enough.
Lars Van der Haar also pulls out of Sint-Niklaas. Toon Aerts, Laurens Sweeck, Tom Meeusen, Kevin Pauwels, Klaas Vantornout and Michael Vanthourenhout are present though.