‘There’s not much left in the tank’: Mathieu van der Poel becomes latest rider to feel effects of mental fatigue

After competing in the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France this year, Dutchman explains that he will only race one Grand Tour in 2023

Mathieu van der Poel
van der Poel celebrates victory at the Tour of Flanders in April
(Image credit: Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel has become the latest high profile rider to admit to feeling the effects of mental fatigue in 2022. 

After a long season in which the Dutchman won the Tour of Flanders for a second time, before competing in both the Giro d’Italia and Tour de France, van der Poel explained that “there’s not much left in the tank” as he looks ahead to a period of downtime before building for 2023. 

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Tom Thewlis

Tom has been writing for Cycling Weekly since 2022 and his news stories, rider interviews and features appear both online and in the magazine. 

Since joining the team, he has reported from some of professional cycling's biggest races and events including the Tour de France and the World Championships in Glasgow. He has also covered races elsewhere across the world. 

As well as on the ground reporting, Tom writes race reports from the men's and women's WorldTour and helps with coverage of UK domestic cycling.