Mathieu van der Poel on stage 2 of the Tour de France.

Van der Poel has knee surgery

Alpecin-Fenix described the procedure as "minor."

by Dane Cash

photography by Getty Images

Not long after Mathieu van der Poel ended his cyclocross campaign due to his back issues, he has undergone what his Alpecin-Fenix team called “minor surgery” on his knee.

“In a previous crash, a tear had appeared in the capsule of the kneecap. And as a result of that tear, scar tissue had formed in which a hardened strand scrubbed against the bone,” read a press release from Alpecin-Fenix. “Up until now this has been painless and hasn’t bothered him, but now was the right time to proactively take it away.”

Van der Poel had the operation on Saturday at the AZ Herentals hospital in Belgium.

The team noted that he received a “positive evaluation” after the procedure from Dr. Toon Claes, and reiterated that the surgery was not related to his back problems.

Those back problems are expected to sideline Van der Poel for some time. As of yet, it is unclear when he will return to racing.

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