Mathieu van der Poel has been added to the Alpecin-Fenix roster for Milano-Sanremo. The Dutchman is set to make his return to competition almost three months since his last race. Van der Poel’s return was scheduled for the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali, but it was decided to include him for Milano-Sanremo due to the several sick and injured riders in the team.

Van der Poel’s training in recent weeks has been satisfactory and his back issues seem to be gradually disappearing. Nevertheless, the team management do not want to put any pressure on the four-time cyclocross world champion; he will participate without expectations or ambitions. The 293 km race was preferred over a training session to get some extra race kilometres in the legs. After Milano-Sanremo, van der Poel will remain in Italy for the Settimana Internazionale Coppi e Bartali.

Here a video message from Van der Poel about the past few months, his comeback to the peloton, and his race plans for the coming weeks. Good luck Mathieu!