Odd, that Sporza would still word it the way they did then. They make it seem like it’s still a possibility.Yes, it looks like MvdP won't start. Teams have to submit a list of seven riders and two reserves 72 hours before the race, and they can only pick from those.
Missed chance for him if he really carried his CX worlds form into UAE. They know better than me though about the best prep for Mathieu leading up to Strade.
With Mathieu most likely not starting I think Alaphil will win this bike race.