Three times he shows incredible form in Flanders and never even got the chance to start in Roubaix the week after. Can't wait to see him in Roubaix in october
It's nowhere near his sprints at end of Amstel 2019 and Strade 2021.Seeing the numbers uploaded to Strava, he managed to do 1160 watts for 10 seconds in the final sprint before bonking. Puts into perspective the strength of Asgreen.
Plus the effort he put in in stage 5 in TA was massive. That kind of exhaustion could pretty much have ruined the rest of the classics season completely. That breakway was impressive but pretty counterproductive in the long run.I think it's pretty clear he pretty much peaked in the Italian races and after that he was good, but not the best VDP.
Shows he is human, not even he can keep a super form like he had in Strade and Tirreno for longer than 2 weeks.
Agree, riding the Tour and getting to Tokyo last minute, can't be called an optimal preparation. Also significant risk of injury on the hectic Breton roads of the opening stages.He really seems to be spreading himself too thin mid-season (SWI, nationals, TdF, Olympics). If he gets a medal at the Olympics on MTB, it really will be an indictment of that sport.
I don't see it that way, Van der Poel is one of the best road cyclists we've seen in years, and that sport has much more money than MTB which attracts talent. Who's to say guys like Schurter or Absalon couldn't have had good careers on the road too if they wanted? Obviously there's a lot of cross-over skills.He really seems to be spreading himself too thin mid-season (SWI, nationals, TdF, Olympics). If he gets a medal at the Olympics on MTB, it really will be an indictment of that sport.
Thanks for remindingIf anyone misses some MVDP action (like me), they can watch Mathiue van der Poel and Tom Pidcock in a MTB race in half an hour, live @ 18:30. Women's race is half an hour earlier at 18:00.
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