Mathieu van der Poel's return to the cycling peloton will take a little longer. Due to a negative travel advice, his team Alpecin-Fenix chooses not to participate in the Sibiu Cycling Tour in Romania.
Van der Poel would drive his first post-corona course in Romania. The Sibiu Tour starts next Thursday and has five stages.
Because there is an orange travel advice for Romania (only allowed for necessary trips), Alpecin-Fenix has decided not to participate. Van der Poel now rides his first race with Strade Bianche on August 1 since the Tour of the Algarve in February.
Giant-Alpecin did not want to take the risk that the team would end up in quarantine in Romania if measures were tightened up there, as a result of which Van der Poel would have to miss some races in Italy. "Unfortunately, we had to conclude that traveling to Romania is not an option," the team said in a statement on Thursday.
"The health of our riders, staff, as well as public health is of primary importance. We want to strictly follow all recommendations to eliminate any risk."
Van der Poel is physically on schedule
Van der Poel is currently preparing for the resumption of the season with an altitude internship in France. After Strade Bianche, he will ride Milan-Turin, Milan-San Remo, Gran Piemonte and the Tour of Lombardy in August.
"It's an unfortunate but understandable decision," says the all-rounder on the bike. "We added the Sibiu Cycling Tour to my program to get extra racing rhythm for Strade Bianche."
"During my altitude internship in La Plagne I am fortunately physically on schedule. That way I can start my Italian program with a good feeling. I am definitely looking forward to racing again."