Mathieu van der Poel 'disappointed' after racing return at Milan-San Remo ends in podium finish

The Dutchman says his third place was another missed opportunity but was pleased with status of back injury

Mathieu van der Poel at the 2022 Milan-San Remo
(Image credit: Getty)

Third place at Milan-San Remo is no mean feat, and third place at Milan-San Remo in your first race of the season is almost unthinkable. But Mathieu van der Poel doesn't do just normal bike racing, and so his place on the final step of podium has left him disgruntled following what he called 'a missed chance' for victory.

Having suffered with a back injury since his crash at the Olympics mountain bike race in August 2021, Van der Poel has spent much of the winter recovering and was a late replacement in the Alpecin-Fenix line-up for Milan-San Remo.

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Richard Windsor

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Richard is digital editor of Cycling Weekly. Joining the team in 2013, Richard became editor of the website in 2014 and coordinates site content and strategy, leading the news team in coverage of the world's biggest races and working with the tech editor to deliver comprehensive buying guides, reviews, and the latest product news.

An occasional racer, Richard spends most of his time preparing for long-distance touring rides these days, or getting out to the Surrey Hills on the weekend on his Specialized Tarmac SL6 (with an obligatory pub stop of course).