But road racing is is not exactly very taxing on the back. Cyclocross on mud course, with running passages, and mountain bike with the jumps and the rocks, are. And again, if you combine all those disciplines during a season, sometimes alternately, and ride on a cross moto during the intermediate season, well, you will be overloaded. He should leave the mountain biking. And limit the cyclocross to a few races in the winter. And if that is not enough, then he must also give up the cyclocross. A cyclingcareer on road is far more important.I believe MvdP was fine until his team started racing him more in road stage races. He's a one day specialist and stage racing just leaves him weakened. And right now, his body would never hold up for a 3 week Grand Tour. All this talk about a run at the Green Jersey in the Tour is just foolishness.
But if MVDP stays stubborn, he could be completely sidelined in a few years