This year, the unofficial ‘tough man of the Tour’ award seems to be heading towards Wout Poels, the Bahrain-McLaren driver suffering from a broken rib and an injured lung after descending on the slippery first special in Nice .The very next day, Poels refused to be shy, praising the fact that the sun was shining, reflecting his optimism for the race ahead.
Two weeks later, the Dutchman occupies 134th place overall, four hours behind Primož Roglič, but is on the mend and “gets used” to riding with his stiffness.
“Every day it gets a little better,” said Poels Weekly cycling, “So I’m pretty happy with that. Yesterday was already much better, but I still feel it, even if you get used to it a bit after a while, and it heals of course.
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Seeking to stop thinking about the pain, we turn to one of his favorite topics of conversation. Wout Poels’ must be the only person whose face lights up at the mention of Brexit.
Owain Doull revealed that during the days of Ineos de Poels he was ‘obsessed’ with the Brexit countdown Sky News, the Dutchman is now slightly dismayed that the French Grand Tour has prevented him from keeping abreast of Britain’s withdrawal from the European Union.
” Ah yes! I haven’t followed him much recently, during the Tour de France, we didn’t Sky News all the time, but I’m always doing my best. ”
Is making the Tour de France with your injuries a little less complicated than Brexit?
“Now, with all the coronaviruses, it didn’t make things easier for Boris.”
Even during a global pandemic, Wout Poels is here to make you feel a little better.