Mathieu van der Poel fits for World Cup

Mathieu van der Poel missed the World Cup on the road in Imola, Italy, which his team confirmed to Telesport. The 25-year-old leader of Alpecin-Fenix finds the 28.8-kilometre course, which is run nine times, with a start and finish on the Imola Formula 1 circuit, too tough.

The men ride a distance of 259.2 kilometres and have to conquer 5000 altimeters. Van der Poel will focus mainly on the classics with the Tour of Flanders on 18 and Paris-Roubaix on 25 October as the main targets.

Last year Van der Poel seemed to be on his way to the rainbow jersey, but in the dog-weather of the British Yorkshire he was felled by a hunger ram. Earlier this year, the brand new Dutch champion already announced that the World Championships on 27 September, initially planned in Switzerland, were not among his goals because the course was too difficult there as well. The World Cup was moved to Italy, because the Swiss authorities did not like the organisation because of corona.

Best form Van der Poel in sight

After a difficult start-up phase after the corona break, Van der Poel is starting to get in better shape. Sunday he won the penultimate stage of Tirreno-Adriatico with great power. This Monday will be concluded with an individual time trial.

In the men‘s team of national coach Koos Moerenhout Wilco Kelderman and Steven Kruijswijk will also be missing. Both Kruijswijk (who returns from a shoulder injury) and Kelderman are preparing for the Giro d’Italia. Just like Van der Poel in Tirreno, the latter shows that he has a good form. He is sixth in the general classification and with a strong time trial he may be able to force a place on the podium.

Dumoulin is looking forward to it

Tom Dumoulin has indicated that he is eager to throw in his second world time trial title on Friday 25 September. In 2017 he drove to the rainbow jersey in Bergen, Norway.

Van Vleuten wants new title

Among the women, Annemiek van Vleuten also hopes to burst into flames in the time trial (24 September) and then prolong her world title. Given her shape and the difficult course, she is also the top favourite. Last month she already became European champion on the road and after the coronapause she already won six victories, she is now also leading the Giro for women. The women will cover a total of 144 kilometres during the World Cup on Saturday 26 September and will cross 2750 altitude metres.