Former Cyclo-cross world champion and pre-race favorite for the Worlds, Mathieu van der Poel has remarked riders should be open to make their anti-doping controls public.

The comments of Van der Poel same after Kevin Pauwels posted his doping control form on Twitter and Van der Poel himself swiftly following Pauwels. Reigning world champion Wout van Aert was urged to publish his anti-doping controls too but he remarked he would not be doing the same as his two competitors.

Poel, the Dutch cyclist who currently competes in the Cyclo-cross and road bicycle racing disciplines of the sport for the Beobank–Corendon team, recently escaped serious injury despite a nasty crash in the DVV Trophy race in Loenhout.

Van der Poel said he respected the decision of Wout van Aert but added publishing the documents would help with transparency of the sport. Van der Poel said at his pre-Worlds press conference that publishing his data for himself and not meant to provoke Wout van Aert. Poel added Aert is perfectly entitled not to do so and also comment that just because you do not make something public, it does not mean that you have something to hide.  Van der Poel added it is his privacy and added but perhaps it is good that we do all this publicly in the future. Poel added each test for him should be put online and further said there needs to be more transparency, and it could be a pivotal moment in the sport.

Van der Poel added therapeutic use exemptions are open to misuse and the rules around them should be stricter. Poel said he is not saying nothing should be allowed, but it is unfortunately misused in many ways. The rider said it is best to take rest if someone is struggling with something. Poel added TUEs can naturally be used, but it is not the healthy way and said it also seems a good idea to then stay a month on the sidelines instead of the current line of ten days if it is the only way to ride a World Cup. Poel also said maybe you are doing nothing wrong, but he would not personally do it secretly but at a press conference with a doctor immediately and added but again, it is not healthy.

Van Aert was forced to deny requesting a TUE for cortisone after Van der Poel deliberately or unintentionally stoke the fire of doubt against Van Aert. Van Aert had to skip the final round of the World Cup in Hoogerheide and has been suffering from a knee injury of late. In a press conference, Van Aert said he had been suffering from an inflammation of the knee for the last few days and added but he has not been using cortisone or other TUEs.

Riders are required to declare the use of any supplement or medication on the supplied forms when visited by doping control officers. The anti-doping control form of Poel showed he had been using multivitamins and beetroot juice.

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