Tokyo 2020 - Mathieu van der Poel: I might have to choose between the Olympics and a Grand Tour
Mar 25 2020 07:40 am CET

Tokyo 2020 - Mathieu van der Poel: I might have to choose between the Olympics and a Grand Tour
Tokyo 2020 - Mathieu van der Poel: I might have to choose between the Olympics and a Grand Tour
Photo of Mathieu van der Poel (c)Photopress.be.

The Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020 have been postponed due to the global coronavirus crisis and riders like Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) have to get used to the new circumstances and the rest of the season.

The Dutch rider chose to compete in the discipline of mountain bike in the Olympics before focusing more on the road. But now with the Games moving one year, the rider has many doubts about his future.

"It is a very unfortunate, but understandable decision," said Van der Poel to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf. "Global health has to be first. On the other hand, I am left with a bad feeling. Four years ago, we made a plan for the Tokyo Games, and that plan actually falls through.

"It's not easy mentally if you have been doing this for four years, but that is the case for everyone who has worked towards a long term goal in this difficult period. For the time being, there is also little clarity about the resuming of the races. I will stay busy for the time being, but of course I cannot make a real plan."

The Dutch former national and world champion of cyclocross still hopes some things can keep going in the season before facing the doubts that arise with the new dates of the Olympic Games, particularly as he had considered doing his Tour de France debut in 2021.

"I still hope that the World Championships of mountain bike in Albstadt (June 25-28) can continue as planned," he explained. "As for the Olympic Games in 2021? It is difficult to look ahead. The first thing we have to wait for in the dates. I myself hope for the same period as it was expected for this year, so I can finish the classics campaign first, as I had planned for this year.

"The only disadvantage is that I might have to choose between the Olympic Games and a Grand Tour. But it is certain that I will continue doing mountain bike for the time being. We'll see the rest later."




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