For Van der Poel it is only his first participation in the BinckBank Tour. “Now it fits reasonably well into the schedule,” he said at a press moment on Monday. “It was a matter of choosing between the Walloon classics and the Binckbank. I think it is a better preparation for the Flemish work. It is ultimately a multi-day race. ”
Van der Poel is immediately considered a top favorite. “As a team, we always aim for a stage victory in the first place. Much depends on the time trial in Vlissingen. Provided I have a good time trial, I can participate for the final classification. The weather can play a role, but that time trial will be decisive. I am therefore obliged to ride a good time trial. ”
Not a specialty for Van der Poel, who has trained hard for his race against the clock. “I hope that I will grow to my top form. After the Tirreno I traveled to Livigno on a training internship, where I brought my time trial bike. In the Tirreno it was the first time in a long period. That did not go so smoothly then. But now I felt good on training. I hope this translates. ”
While the Dutch champion on the road prepared for the BinckBank Tour, the rest of the peloton chugged at the World Cup in Imola. But the leader of Alpecin-Fenix has no regrets. “I think I made a good decision by not going to the World Cup. I turned the switch fairly quickly. I hadn’t come up with the best. So it was the right decision. It’s always hard not to go to the World Cup, but I was able to finish my workouts the way I wanted. I was not good enough for that myself. Now I think I am at one hundred percent. ”
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