Poels continues comeback at Liege

21 Apr 2018

Poels continues comeback at Liege

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Wout Poels is excited to be racing Liege-Bastogne-Liege as he continues his return from a broken collarbone.

On Sunday Poels returns to the scene of the biggest win of his career, having claimed victory in a freezing edition of La Doyenne in 2016.
 
Earlier this season the Dutchman showed superb form at Paris-Nice but his performance was cut short by a crash on stage six, breaking his collarbone for the first time in his career.
 
Wasting little time getting back in the saddle, Poels was quickly back in training and even headed to Tenerife for a team altitude camp two weeks after his operation.
 
Talking through the timeline Poels explained to TeamSky.com: “I had surgery on the Wednesday following Paris-Nice, and on Sunday I was back on the KICKR. Then by the next Wednesday I was training outside, and then about a week later I was in Tenerife. So I was back at a full training camp within two weeks and it was nice to make a quick recovery. 
 
“The collarbone feels okay. Sometimes it’s a little bit stiff in my shoulder following a ride but it’s really not too bad.”
Wout Poels

Wout Poels

The Ardennes are really not easy races to make your comeback.
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For a racing return Poels could have hardly picked a tougher destination, as he was thrust straight into the hectic Ardennes Classics opener at Amstel Gold. The races have allowed the 30 year old to get in some tough race days before he heads to the Giro d’Italia next month.
 
“The Ardennes are really not easy races to make your comeback,” he added. “Obviously I always hope for slightly better performances, especially at Amstel, but at Fleche I had a little bit of bad luck and got caught behind a crash ahead of the penultimate climb of Mur de Huy. So that was why I wasn’t nearer the front.
 
“For the Ardennes for sure the crash has set me back, but for the Giro we still have two weeks until the race starts. I’m hopefully everything will be good once we get over there. It’s going to be a nice course again this year.”
 
Liege will be Poels’ final race before lining up in Israel at the start of the 2018 Giro, and despite the crash and recovery he feels the form is building to where it needs to be going into the Grand Tour.
 
“Sometimes you just need to have something click to know that you are good again. I think I’m really close to it so hopefully it comes in the race this weekend, but otherwise for sure at the Giro. It would be nice mentally to be able to do a good race at Liege as it will be my final race before the Giro. 
 
“I’m still building up so there’s no stress, but it’s always nice to get a result at Liege.”
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