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Van der Poel to continue Spring Classics campaign despite nasty crash at Nokere Koerse

Joe Robinson
21 Mar 2019

High-speed collision in bunch sprint on cobbles sees Dutchman taken to hospital

Mathieu van der Poel says he will continue his Spring Classics campaign as planned despite a nasty crash in the finale of Nokere Koerse yesterday.

The cyclocross World Champion had earmarked a selection of Belgian one-day Classics to ride this year, including Gent-Wevelgem and the Tour of Flanders, as he looks to he steps up his focus on road racing this season. Yesterday saw the start of this campaign at the Nokere Koerse.

Van Der Poel was an active presesnce for most of the race and was contesting the final sprint when he was caught in a high-speed collision with Team Sunweb's Max Walscheid on the cobbled climb leading to the finish line.

Hitting the deck, the 24-year-old rolled several times before being hit by a CCC team rider who was unable to avoid the crash.

At first, the injuries looked serious for the Dutchman who was unable to walk away from the accident and was eventually taken away in an ambulance.

Luckily, his team Corendon Circus later confirmed in a statement that Van Der Poel had avoided serious injury and had been discharged from hospital with only a few abrasions and bruises and would be able to continue his Spring Classics campaign as planned.

'Nokere Koerse didn't end as we expected. A nasty crash for Mathieu van der Poel in the final straight line and afterwards they took him away with the ambulance to the hospital,' the statement read.

'Luckily, no fractures have been determined. Only abrasions and bruises. With these circumstances, he will be able to complete his road programme as planned.'

In a welcome sight considering how serious the crash looked at the time, Van Der Poel was today pictured alongside his teammates riding a recon of the Tour of Flanders.

The multiple cyclocross World Champion is scheduled to race the Grand Prix de Denain this weekend then will return to the cobbles at Gent-Wevelgem and Dwars door Vlaanderen before making his Monument debut at the Tour of Flanders next month.

The rider will be hoping to repeat the exploits of his father Adri who won the Tour of Flanders in 1986.

Image credit: Corendon Circus Instagram

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