Mathieu van der Poel's cyclocross debut reservations: 'I don't know if I have the legs yet to follow Wout van Aert'

The Dutchman is hoping to surprise himself, but has downplayed his chances due to a delayed start

Mathieu van der Poel cyclocross
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Mathieu van der Poel recognises that Wout van Aert's current cyclocross form makes his season debut on Sunday in Dendermonde even more difficult, downplaying his own chances at challenging the Belgian during the race.

After multiple delays due to a knee injury he sustained on November 25 while training in a forest in the Belgian village of Lichtaart, where he slid out and damaged his knee, the Dutch rider finally starts his cyclocross season on Sunday. 

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