Van der Poel confirms that he will go for the crown of Valverde

The Dutchman announced that he will not be in the MTB World Championship to go to the road race, which will be held in Yorkshire in September. Valverde is the current rainbow.


The Mathieu van der Poel calendar is one of the most complete of the cycling calendar. The 24-year-old Dutchman combines cyclo-cross, mountain biking and road cycling. In the first discipline he has been world champion on three occasions and two in Europe. In the MTB, this year he has already won a World Cup event and, except setback, will be in this discipline at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Yes, he will not be in the World Cup (August 28 to September 1) in Canada . In this way, he renounces to fully focus on the World Road Cycling Championship.

This race will be held in Yorkshire (England) on September 29th. This day, Alejandro Valverde will have to defend his rainbow, achieved last year brilliantly in Austria. The course is good for the characteristics of the Dutchman. "I'm sorry I did not go to the MTB World Championship, but I had to make a decision. The route is good for me and that is the main reason why I chose this event" . The Dutch coach, Koos Moerenhout, happily accepted the news. "I am convinced that we are going with a strong team and with Van der Poel there the strength of the Dutch team will increase" .

The road season of Van der Poel consecrates him as one of the great stars of the peloton. He took the first stage of the Tour of Antalya on what was his first day of competition in February. Then, in the classics, it shined with its own light. Successes in the Grand Prix of Denain, Across Flanders, the Brabanzona Arrow and, especially, the jewel in the crown: the Amstel Gold Race, with a comeback for the memory before Fuglsang and Alaphilippe.



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