Mathieu van der Poel will continue Classics campaign after nasty crash in Nokere Koerse

The cyclocross world champion is due to make his debut in the cobbled Classics

Mathieu van der Poel escaped serious injury in a crash during Nokere Koerse (Photo by Luc Claessen/Getty Images)

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Mathieu van der Poel will ride the cobbled Classics after a huge crash in the final of Nokere Koerse.

The cyclocross world champion was caught in a high-speed collision during the sprint finish of the Belgian one-day race on Wednesday (March 20).

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.