Mathieu van der Poel won't be racing for at least two more weeks

The Dutchman misses out on defending his Strade Bianche title, with his return to action still unconfirmed

Mathieu van der Poel on recon for 2021 Paris-Roubaix
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Mathieu van der Poel will not defend his Strade Bianche title he so emphatically won a year ago, as he continues to recover from a back injury that has delayed the start of his 2022 road season.

Mathieu's father, Adrie van der Poel, confirmed his son won't return to competition for at least another two weeks, despite logging a seven-hour training ride on Strava in Spain last week. 

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Ryan is a staff writer for Cycling Weekly, having joined the team in September 2021. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before making his way to cycling. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer.