After weeks-long of rumors and speculations, Mathieu Van Der Poel will finally make a comeback to racing with Milan-San Remo. His season debut was officially confirmed by Team Alpecin-Fenix, this return to racing comes after a brief rehab period after the Dutchman sustained a back injury last summer.
Milan-San Remo, one of the World’s Biggest Races seems to be a perfect spot for the champion to make a grand debut. He has also been preparing for it in Spain, where he was recovering his form gradually. Although the Springs Classic campaign was in doubt, we now have confirmation that Van Der Poel will finally return to racing.
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There is a gap in Alpecin-Fenix’s roster for Milan-San Remo, and Van Der Poel is only being allowed to race after being greenlit from a medical perspective.
Team Alpecin-Fenix made the following statement:
Due to the several sick and injured riders in the team, only six would remain to line up for La Primavera. Because Van der Poel’s return was already scheduled for Tuesday at the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, it was decided on Thursday to add him to the roster for Milan-San Remo.
Van der Poel’s training in recent weeks has been satisfactory and his back issues seem to be gradually disappearing. Nevertheless, the team management does not want to put any pressure on the four-time cyclocross world champion; he will participate without expectations or ambitions.
The 293 km race was preferred over a training session on Saturday to get some extra race kilometers in the legs. After Milan-San Remo, Van der Poel will stay in Italy for the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.
It seems like Van Der Poel will be returning for both Milan-San Remo and Coppi e Bartali, this is great news for both Alpecin-Fenix and the Dutchman. Van Der Poel has been out of racing since last summer, so our excitement is over the roof for seeing him race again.
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