Right after the massive hard work it took to consider it and the emotion that followed, nobody is denying how much the Tour de France yellow jersey indicates to Mathieu Van der Poel. But proof of just how terribly he and the Alpecin-Fenix workforce want to continue to keep it comes in a tale that broke overnight in the direct up to present-day phase 5 time trial.
In accordance to a report by Het Nieuwsblad, Alpecin-Fenix have bought a wheelset from Princeton Carbonworks – which happens to be the spare time trial wheels of Ineos Grenadiers’ Cameron Wurf – and had another person travel them 10 several hours north from Wurf’s household in Andorra to the team’s hotel in Rennes on Tuesday.
It is claimed that Alpecin-Fenix group supervisor, Christoph Roodhooft, met a representative of Princeton Carbonworks, Meindert Klem, on a bicycle journey final calendar year.
“I received a unexpected phone on Monday morning from Christoph inquiring if a established of Princeton Blur 6560 was out there. Canyon desired Mathieu to be the classification leader even following the time demo,” spelled out Klem.
In the absence of the existence of a ‘Blur 6560’, Cyclingnews assumes the ask for was meant for a Blur 633 rear wheel and a Wake 6560 front.
“The simplest resolution to the dilemma seemed to me to borrow a couple from Ineos, but of training course they are not so eager on that if they have invested a great deal of funds in it. An added complication is that these time demo wheels are not yet obtainable on the Dutch market.
“Finally, I found some unused wheels at Cameron Wurf, an Ineos rider who lives in Andorra.”
In accordance to a source from Ineos Grenadiers, Wurf handed his wheels again unaware of the situation.
“I really don’t know who paid for it,” Klem ongoing. “The amount of money was paid out by credit card (€3,800). But how would I get that to the mechanics, 900 kilometres north, inside of 24 hrs?”
The alternative here arrived by using an acquaintance of Klem, Van der Poel supporter and Pyrenean holiday getaway resort operator, Mark Putter, who is claimed to have collected the wheels from the Andorra border – where by Wurf resides – right before driving them north to the Alpecin-Fenix crew lodge in Rennes.
“I’m mad about biking, and what Mathieu has finished in the earlier handful of days borders on the unbelievable,” Putter said. “If I can lend that boy a hand by offering the speediest wheels, I imagine that’s a fantastic work. It would be superb if he instantly retains the yellow jersey with a second guide.”
However, the move didn’t occur devoid of approval from Shimano. As has been suspected with the two Ineos Grenadiers and Jumbo Visma making use of wheels from non-sponsor brand names, Shimano was notified of the forthcoming improve. According to the report, the Japanese component brand name has agreed to convert a blind eye.
In addition, Cyclingnews understands that Van der Poel has taken further more measures to help you save time in the stage 5 time demo. Just one of which has been verified in an Instagram post by Wattshop, wherever the brand name statements that Van der Poel will be working with its Anemoi Extension Method.