Mathieu Van Der Poel will be making his return for the Coppi e Bartali which is slated for March 22-26. This is not all though, he will be having a lot under his belt as he will also be participating in the Dwars door Vlaanderen, Tour of Flanders, Paris-Roubaix, Tour De France, and Giro d’Italia. Seems like the dutchman will be having an explosive 2022 after all.
The news comes from WielerFlits as they have claimed to have sources that do indeed confirm that Mathiew Van Der Poel will be making a return to racing in 2022, with these events on his schedule.
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You have to take this news with a grain of salt, as schedules can change in an instant. Right now, Van Der Poel is on the provisional list for the five-day race event in Italy. Adding more flame to the fire, Flanders Classics announced that Van Der Poel will be defending his Dwars door Vlaanderen at the end of March, this further confirms the reports.
Alpecin Fenix has not made an official statement, regarding Van Der Poel’s return, but it seems that they could do that right before his return. Van Der Poel’s father Adrie Van Der Poel also confirmed on March 3rd that his son will not be making a return to cycling for at least 2 weeks more.
The reason why Van Der Poel has taken a break from racing is because of a back injury he sustained during a grizzly crash in Tokyo 2020 last year. We did not get to see him after UCI World Cup Cyclo Race which took place in Dendermonde.
Tour of Flanders made the following tweet:
We’re pleased to welcome the 2020 winner @mathieuvdpoel in @Stad_Antwerpen next month 🙌 #RVV22 pic.twitter.com/y7dSCZBPBs
— Ronde Van Vlaanderen (@RondeVlaanderen) March 10, 2022
Are these reports true, will Mathieu Van Der Poel make his return to cycling this year? Only time will tell, stay tuned for more updates!
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