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One big lap too many for Mathieu van der Poel? Abandonment of the Tour de France on the program

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The notoriously difficult Giro d’Italia-Tour de France double does damage to Mathieu van der Poel.

Van der Poel spent another day at the back as he was expected to explode up front on Thursday, another chapter in a first week that drags the Dutchman down.

“Several times I thought about getting off. It was not a good day. I have nothing more to add,” Van der Poel told reporters on Longwy Hill.

The all-terrain ace from Alpecin-Deceuninck ponders his options after crashing out on the cobbles on Wednesday and missing out on the full-steam classic-style stage on Thursday.

“If I went home now, it would start to bother me after two days,” he said on Thursday. “I was able to continue. But if it’s like this Friday again, I don’t think I’m going to hang on another day. But [my form] could spin.

“There’s no point in continuing to ride if you get dropped on the first climb, because something is wrong, but also because I don’t know what’s wrong.”

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Team staff will be watching closely as Van der Poel goes into survival mode for the Tour’s first summit finish on Friday.

“We will try to stay calm and keep working. Maybe it will be better in a few days, but maybe not. Then we will make the decision to send him home,” said team leader Christoph Roodhooft. Wielerflits after seeing Van der Poel go home 10 minutes back on Thursday.

“I knew the Tour-Giro was not going to be an easy combination”

Van der Poel shredded the script with his antics in the Giro mountains.

Van der Poel showed up for the Tour just five weeks after his Giro debut which saw him win stages, wear pink and tear up the regulations with a mega ride through the mountains.

Something went wrong when Van der Poel hung up his race bike to focus on a restart after arriving in Verona in May.

“I didn’t do too little in terms of training, but maybe I did in terms of intensity. I also went to altitude, maybe it was hard on the body. In retrospect, it’s easy to draw conclusions,” he said.

The Giro-Tour double is known to be one of the most grueling feats in modern cycling. Classification riders rarely try it now, stages are ridden harder and the pressure mounts faster year after year.

“I knew it wouldn’t be an easy combination. But I didn’t expect to be so disappointing myself,” Van der Poel said. “For me, three weeks of racing is different from running one race – that also applies to me mentally.

“In the Giro there was this chance of a rose and I still wanted to finish the whole race. But now we are there. It’s not fun like that.

Monday’s rest day will be on Mathieu’s mind when he tackles the extra-slope summit of the Super Planche des Belles Filles on Friday.

“I can’t change things now. I’ll try again, against my better judgment. I hope for a cure. »

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