Mathieu van der Poel logs seven-hour endurance ride as questions over return remain

The Dutchman is cautiously aiming towards coming back in April

Mathieu van der Poel
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Mathieu van der Poel logged a seven-hour training ride, his longest of the year so far, as he lays the foundations of his return to racing this spring.

The Dutchman, who has been plagued by injury since his nasty crash in the mountain bike event at Tokyo 2020 last summer, continues to recover from his back issues, and is being implored not to rush his return.

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