Mathieu van der Poel declares 'I'm ready' ahead of Tour of Flanders

The Alpecin-Fenix rider says Tadej Pogačar is going to be a big threat on Sunday

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel has said he is "ready" for the Tour of Flanders as he prepares to make his cobbles return at Dwars door Vlaanderen on Wednesday.

The Alpecin-Fenix rider has raced just six times this season after a long layoff with a back injury, but speaking to the media on Tuesday, said that he has had a "really good preparation" for Dwars and the Ronde this week.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.