World champ van der Poel to skip CrossVegas

Due to a knee injury suffered at the Tour de l'Avenir, reigning 'cross world champion Mathieu van der Poel will miss CrossVegas.

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The first World Cup cyclocross race of 2015, CrossVegas, will be missing a rainbow jersey when it kicks off the fall season under the lights in Las Vegas Wednesday night. The BKCP Corendon team announced Monday that┬áMathieu van der Poel, the reigning elite world cyclocross champion, will skip┬áthe season opener due to an injury suffered at the Tour de l’Avenir.

According to the team, he initially injured his right knee in a crash. Then, in training, the imbalance caused an overuse injury in his left knee. He is currently on a course of anti-inflammatory medicines, and has rested, off the bike, for five days so far. A trans-Atlantic journey and CrossVegas’ high-speed, grassy course was apparently too much for the injured world champion. His goal now is to be ready for the Neerpelt Grand Prix on September 26 in Belgium.