Mathieu van der Poel left the Tour de Suisse prior to the start of stage 6 due to illness. The Dutch national champion won stages 2 and 3 of the race before departing.
“After the rainfall from the past days, Mathieu van der Poel suffers from a mild cold,” the team said. “While he was really looking forward to the next stages, the team’s medical staff decided to pull him out of the [race] so as not to compromise his health in light of his next goals.”
Van der Poel was wearing the leader’s jersey ahead of stage 5 but lost it on the first of four mountainous stages at the Tour de Suisse.
Shortly after Van der Poel lines up to defend his white National Champion bibs on June 20th he will compete in his first-ever Tour de France. After the Tour de France, Van der Poel will swap out his road bike for a mountain bike in Tokyo. The Dutchman has been vocal about his cross country mountain bike ambitions at the Olympic Games later this summer.