Mathieu van der Poel left 'dizzy and empty' in punishing Yorkshire Worlds race

The Dutchman cracked while riding in the leading group at the 2019 Road World Championships

(Image credit: Yuzuru SUNADA)

Mathieu van der Poel said that he felt “dizzy and empty” in the closing stages of the World Championships road race as he was dropped from the front group.

Sunday’s 261km race was contested in near biblical rain and with 33km to go Dutch sensation Van der Poel had instigated the move that resulted in him and Matteo Trentin (Italy) joining the group at the front, which would eventually contest the win.

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Having trained as a journalist at Cardiff University I spent eight years working as a business journalist covering everything from social care, to construction to the legal profession and riding my bike at the weekends and evenings. When a friend told me Cycling Weekly was looking for a news editor, I didn't give myself much chance of landing the role, but I did and joined the publication in 2016. Since then I've covered Tours de France, World Championships, hour records, spring classics and races in the Middle East. On top of that, since becoming features editor in 2017 I've also been lucky enough to get myself sent to ride my bike for magazine pieces in Portugal and across the UK. They've all been fun but I have an enduring passion for covering the national track championships. It might not be the most glamorous but it's got a real community feeling to it.