Van der Poel to race Tour of Britain ahead of Road World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel will race the Tour of Britain in September as preparation for the UCI Road World Championships in the same country later that month.

The 24-year-old world cyclo-cross champion had a sensational debut spring classics campaign on the road this year and, despite planning to devote the second half of his season to mountain biking and cyclo-cross, will lead the Dutch team at the Road Worlds.

At the end of May, he won his first MTB World Cup event at Nove Mesto and will ride the European Championships and two further World Cup events this summer, but will miss the World Championships in Canada (August 31) in order to focus on the Road Worlds (September 29).

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On Thursday his presence at the Tour of Britain – September 7-14 – was confirmed by the race organisers, who have opened a space for his Corendon-Circus team.

“I’m happy to go to the Worlds and to have the occasion to get to know the OVO Energy Tour of Britain in the weeks before. I’m really happy that the organiser gives our team the chance to participate for the first time and at the same time helps me preparing for the Worlds in the best possible way,” Van der Poel said.

“Of course, we’ll study the roadbook in order to decide in which stages we will try to go for a stage win.”

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