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by Mark Zalewski
January 31, 2017
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Mathieu van der Poel did not hide his emotions on Sunday after finishing second to rival Wout van Aert at the UCI Cyclocross World Championships in Luxembourg, with TV cameras showing him nearly inconsolable in the post-race moments. Van der Poel had been dominating the race until an ill-timed puncture late in the race left him unable to respond to van Aert’s acceleration.
An emotional and disappointed Mathieu Van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) rides straight through without stopping in the post-finish area.
“This is the biggest disappointment of my career since I started on the bike,” he said.
“I could not defend my chances here. I had four punctures and the last time it was too much. The first three punctures I could handle.
Van der Poel said that despite the earlier punctures he was feeling his best heading into the final laps of the race. “When I was on the wheel of Wout I had extra confidence, but the last puncture came at the wrong time, too far from the pit and I lost too much time.
“It also cost me energy. I tried to come back, you never know if Wout will have bad luck, but I knew I was racing for a second place and silver. I am very disappointed.”
Despite the mechanical failures van der Poel does not think the race was decided by tire choices, even after he was asked about van Aert’s special hybrid tires. “It’s not because other riders make a certain choice. I stuck to my own plan and continued the whole year on those tires. I’m not going to suddenly race with different tires at the World Championship.”
Click through to read more at Gazet van Antwerpen.