Mathieu van der Poel will ride the Road World Championships in September which will be held in Yorkshire, UK.This is decided in agreement with Van der Poel, Corendon-Circus and the Dutch National Cycling Federation (KNWU).
Taking into account the fact that the MTB World Championships (Mont-Sainte-Anne, Canada), the Road World Championships and the Olympic test event in Tokyo will take place on three different continents, we can agree that there are choices which have to be made.
Therefore, we decided, in mutual agreement, to drop the MTB World Championships and the MTB World Cup finals in Snowshoe (US). That means Van der Poel will compete in the Road World Championships and the Olympic MTB test event in Tokyo, with an aim to compete in the 2020 Olympics.
Mathieu van der Poel: "Of course I regret I cannot compete in the MTB World Championships, but combining these three events is not possible. The course in Yorkshire should suit me, and that’s why I am focusing on the Road World Championships. Besides, I really want to cover the test event in Tokyo, the 2020 Olympic Games are still my biggest goal."
"We have a great team on the starting line in Yorkshire, and with Mathieu being selected, this team is now stronger" said Dutch national Coach Koos Moerenhout.
Van der Poel is currently enjoying time out of the saddle, he will back on his mountain bike to compete during the World Cup in Les Gets (12-14th July) and then onto the MTB world cup XCO round in Val Di Sole and Lenzerheide.
In between the World Cup XCO rounds, he will also be at the start of two ‘Post-Tour criteriums’: in Antwerp and Roosendaal. He will also cover the Arctic Race of Norway and the OVO Energy Tour of Britain. It’s possible some more one day races can be add to his calendar.
Management Corendon-Circus: "Combining three disciplines automatically results in the necessity to make choices. We have analysed all possible scenario’s in detail, and we came to the conclusion that the combination of the Road championships and the test event in Tokyo would be more suited not just to Mathieu but to the whole team."
"Furthermore, we really want to be present at the test event in Tokyo. For the last 18 months we have been working towards the 2020 Olympic Games. The Olympics are of course the main goal for both MVDP and the team."