Van der Poel to go on Tour before going for MTB gold in Tokyo

The Dutch, cyclo-cross world champion, assured that he will compete in the gala round before competing in the MTB modality at the Tokyo Games.


The Dutchman Mathieu van der Poel, who has been quadruple world champion in cyclo-cross since last Sunday, will now focus on road cycling until the moment of facing his great challenge of the year: obtaining the gold medal at the Tokyo Olympic Games in the modality mountain bike.

Now focused on the road after putting the finishing touches to the cyclocross season, Van der Poel will sharpen his form since the end of the month at the Tour of the Emirates, in order to reach the Tour of Flanders one hundred percent, where he will defend the title, and the Paris Roubaix, which will make its debut.

After the classic events, it will be time to aim for his dream of the 2021 season, the "mountain bike" test of the Tokyo Games, although the Alpecin Fenix team will include him in the Tour de France, despite the plans of the corridor were different ones.

"I will not go to the Tour de France reluctantly, to say that would be an exaggeration. I understand the commercial interests of our sponsors and it is the team that pays me my salary at the end of the month. rider who already has many privileges. There are not many teams in which three disciplines can be combined with total freedom. It is not a punishment for having to participate in the Tour, "explained the world champion.

Forced to participate in the Tour, now Van der Poel's plans are to take the start in the French test and abandon it on the second rest day to focus on the Tokyo appointment.

"I will mainly do mountain biking in the weeks leading up to the Tour de France. It is not ideal, but the Games are more important to me. I can usually switch quite well from one discipline to another, but last year I saw that my feelings about the mountain biking were decreasing because I trained less on it, "he explained.

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