Mathieu van der Poel is Thursday in the prologue of the French stage race Boucles de la Mayenne (2.1) on the second place gëindigd. Only the Frenchman Dorian Godon (Cofidis) took the 4.5 km with start and arrival in Laval quicker than the Dutch defending champion.
Last weekend was the 23-year-old Van der Poel heavy fall in the world cup race mountain biking in Nove Mesto in the Czech republic. The Dutchman was there with a scarred wrist, the towel throw. Two weeks earlier he was at the MTB-marathon in the Spanish Logrono also all ugly fall come. In addition, he ran a crack at in the handwortelbeentje.
Van der Poel was allowed two weeks of not biking, but stood with a screw in the wrist to the start of the twelfth edition of the Boucles de la Mayenne.
With three stages in line on the menu has Van der Poel 9 seconds behind the 22-year-old Godon. Best Belgian was Eli Iserbyt (Marlux-Bingoal) in sixth place. Tom Meeusen (Corendon-Circus) klokte the nineteenth time.