Mathieu van der Poel returns to the bike in Spain, but 'he is not training yet'

The Dutchman is still recovering from a back injury that plagued the end of his 2021 campaign

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel has returned to cycling on the Costa Blanca coastline in Spain this week, as he continues his recovery from a back injury that saw him miss the Cyclocross World Championship in USA at the end of January.

During his time off, Alpecin-Fenix also announced the Dutchman had minor knee surgery to remove scar tissue relating to a previous crash. Consequently, Van der Poel has only recently managed to start cycling again, having missed pre-season preparations last month.

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.