Though he defeated Wout van Aert by a margin, he is still wary of the Belgian. "It can always be better, and that will be necessary because Wout was also strong right away, and he will also be better at Christmas. Those will still be duels!" said Van der Poel in post-race interview.
While he suffered a knee injury yesterday, he didn't let it get in the way of today's performance. "I had little trouble, It was a tough race to ride around on my own, but I think I did everything right. Mistakes I can't remember. It was a good race, and I felt good. I was able to create a gap and hold it. I'm happy with that."
Next week's race will not feature Van der Poel since he is scheduled to attend a training camp in Spain. "That's a shame, to be honest. I'm just getting into the rhythm, and already I have to get out of it,. But that's kind of part of it. I also want a good base for the classical spring because that is also very important for me. And we will stick to the schedule," concluded van der Poel.