Will Van der Poel come back stronger after the break?: “Nobody has ever gotten better from an injury” | Extra Time Rate

Adrie van der Poel was one of the guests in Extra Time Koers and so he also had to answer some questions about his son Mathieu. Will we see the leader of Alpecin-Fenix ​​again this spring? “It’s going well, he will stay in Spain for another two weeks,” said Adrie. “But those training sessions are not races of more than 6 hours.”

Dirk De Wolf, like many other people, keeps a close eye on Mathieu van der Poel’s Strava activity. “He drove 95 kilometers today, 3 hours,” he said. “1.837 altimeters, average power 253, maximum 1,100 watts. He still went to a heart rate of 184 and his intensity on that training was 83 percent. That is serious training. Then you are good, or it will be fine.”

De Wolf: “If it was about someone else, I would say that he will not come back immediately. But Mathieu can perhaps start quietly in Milan-Turin (March 16) or the Coppi e Bartali (March 22-26)?”

Is there any hope of a return to the pack so soon? “I don’t know where he should start, he should start when he’s ready,” said Adrie van der Poel. “He should have very little or no pain anymore. We don’t have contact every day. He is sitting there quietly, he is very satisfied with the location where he is now and will stay another two weeks.”

“So that also means not racing for at least two weeks.”

He still lacks toughness. His last decent race was actually the Tour last year.

Adrie van der Poel

“He’s been on it for three or four weeks now. He’s going well, but those training sessions aren’t the same as riding races of more than 6 hours at an average of 45 km/h. He also lacks hardness. His last decent race was actually last year’s Tour. After that it went in fits and starts.”

Could this break do him any good? “He has already experienced that, such as with his knee. That was twice two months.”

“Me as a parent, the entourage, we are quite easy about falls. If nothing is broken, we think it is not that bad. But such a fall at 60 or 70 km/h, that has a huge impact on your body .”

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“Nobody has ever recovered from an injury”

Tim Declercq adds: “Nobody has ever gotten better from an injury or a fall. But if you tackle it well and you rest well, you can get back to the same level. Better? Mentally maybe. You don’t improve physically.”

“If you’re leaning towards overtraining, then rest may be beneficial. But if you’re on a good schedule, then don’t.” And what about the example of Wout van Aert? Didn’t he come back stronger after that serious injury in the Tour? “He would have been as good now without that injury.”

Adrie van der Poel: “I used to train a lot, but I hated training hard. That wasn’t perfect for us either. I always told my riders afterwards that two weeks of rest was the maximum.”

“But if you are not on your bike for a day every week, then that is an extra 50 rest days. You can also mean a lot in that. Go do some fun things. A day not on the bike is blissful, especially in your head. I took that from experience.”

And finally, is Mathieu van der Poel now pain free? “Occasionally he still has a reaction,” says Adrie van der Poel. “But it’s not like the past few years. That was no longer fun now and then. But when you’re suffering on the bike, you don’t think about that injury. But that was not good.”

One day a week not sitting on the bike is great.

Adrie van der Poel

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