Mathieu van der Poel dives into the field again in Hulst on Sunday: “We are all curious about his return”

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Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Deceuninck) opens his cyclocross season in the World Cup on Sunday. The 27-year-old Dutchman appears in his own country at the start of the cross in Hulst in Zeeland. He has been included in the selection of national coach Gerben de Knegt.

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“I think we are all curious about Mathieu’s return to the field,” says De Knegt. “That certainly also applies to Mathieu himself. As a cyclo-cross rider you often need some time to pick up the technical skills at your first cross, but I am confident that Mathieu will soon get that routine back.”

The course should suit Van der Poel, the Dutch national coach believes. “Although we have to wait and see whether the weather will affect the subsoil there. But if that round is like in recent years, then there are nice descents, some running gear and some fast parts. Then it is certainly a course on which Mathieu feels at home.”

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Van der Poel has been in Spain in recent weeks to get ready for the new cyclocross season. Last year he only rode two crosses, in his last race, Heusden-Zolder, he retired early after a fall and injury. As a result, his season on the road also started with a delay.

On Sunday, Van der Poel completed his first training in the field, 33.52 kilometers in the woods of Kasterlee, good for an hour and a half of training. In Hulst he will compete with world champion Tom Pidcock, among others. Wout van Aert will have to wait until December 4 in the World Cup in Antwerp.

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Because the World Cup is held in the Netherlands, De Knegt can send a large team to Hulst. Both in men and in women.

With the women, the national coach saw a third, young compatriot win a World Cup last Sunday with Puck Pieterse. With that, once again underlining the strength of the Netherlands in the breadth of women. “A nice victory, which was coming, given her performance in recent weeks. And Overijse is really made for her. With the women we unfortunately still have to miss Annemarie Worst due to her injury, while Marianne Vos has no more cyclocross events on the agenda. We can greet Yara Kastelijn back in the field.”

Squad Elite Men

1. Lars van der Haar

2. Pim Ronhaar

3. Corné van Kessel

4. Mees Hendrikx

5. Ryan Kamp

6. Stan Godrie

7. Luke Verburg

8. Joris Nieuwenhuis

9. Mathieu van der Poel

10. Tibor del Grosso

11. Danny van Lierop

12. Bailey Groenendaal

13. Pete Uptegrove

14. Hugo Kars

Squad Elite Women:

1. Lucinda Brand

2. Fem van Empel

3. Denise Betsema

4. Puck Pieterse

5. Ceylin del Carmen Alvarado

6. Inge van der Heijden

7. Shirin van Anrooij

8. Manon Bakker

9. Aniek van Alphen

10. Yara Kasteline

11. Maud Kaptheijns

12. Leonie Bentveld

13. Lauren Molengraaf

14. Myrrh Knaven

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