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by Mark Zalewski
January 14, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: UCI amends WorldTour rules for teams, events; Callum Skinner: ‘TUEs distracting from issue of doping’; Kiwi Dion Smith replaces Westra on Wanty Groupe-Gobert; Contador on retirement: ‘race to race and year to year to decide my future’; Many top Dutch riders skipping Amstel Gold Race; Boeckmans honoured at Vuelta presentation; Mathieu van der Poel to miss Sunday’s World Cup; Tickets flying out the door for Cyclocross Worlds; Study finds ‘weekend warriors’ have similar mortality risk as more frequent exercisers; Video: Axeon Hagens Berman team camp; Video: Lossless TV.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) said he will skip the World Cup event in Italy this weekend in order to train for the upcoming World Championships.
“It is with a heavy heart,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws. “But towards the World Championship, this is the best option. An hour of racing is not a problem, but by traveling I would lose three days of my ten-day training.”
When asked about the ongoing drama between him, his father Adri and rival Crelan-Willems team manager Niels Albert — to whom he referred to in a Tweet as a ‘janker’ — van der Poel said that he is surprised there is any, with all having a long history together as Mathieu was once a teammate with Albert.
“What bothers me most is that Niels knows that my father would never favour me. Niels has known our father a long time. He knows my father has long been hired to build courses — sometimes where I race, sometimes not. Hoogerheide for example, and even GP Niels Albert.
“But what is worse is that this year in Bieles my father just hired to drive fence poles, nothing more! It’s a pity Albert is trying to stir up the rivalry between the Netherlands and Belgium. Someone who I used to look up to!”