Mathieu van der Poel withdraws from Cyclocross World Championships with back injury

The Dutchman also doesn't know when he will return for the road season

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel has confirmed he will take an extended break from cycling to attempt to fix the back injury he has been struggling with for some months now. 

The Dutchman, who only made his cyclocross season debut on December 26 after recovering from a knee injury, won't feature in any more races this winter. As a result, he'll miss the Cyclocross World Championships in Fayetteville at the end of January, while his road schedule is still unclear.

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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.