I think he also likes to hide his form a bit until game day.VDP will skip Tour de Suisse and do instead Dwars door het Hageland, Belgium Tour and National Championships before the Tour.
Fear it will turn again into a covid fiesta like last year?
The quiet around MVDP has been very nice. No telling what he'll pull off on the road this summer with a focused/smooth run up. Hope it continues. Of course it does suck not seeing him on the MTB, but there has to be trade-offs...
Indeed. However, there’s the potential problem of Milan Vader, who will want to earn that ticket and use it for himself, and rightfully so.The Dutch MTB manager will be hoping he does all the post Tour/Worlds MTB World Cup races - otherwise they have real problems. Currently in 26th position.
Definitely. He could also do the MTB WC a week after the road WC to pick up some points. The tricky part is he'll want to come into the TDF hot given the only stages that really matter much for his ilk are the first couple and then he has to hold peak through the road WC's which mean a lot more than a stage win at the TDF. No reason for him to hang around the TDF unless it can fit into being 100% ready for the WC's. Guessing he's going to be obligated to hang around though, sleeping in shitty hotels, etc. He ought to win his stage and get out.The Dutch MTB manager will be hoping he does all the post Tour/Worlds MTB World Cup races - otherwise they have real problems. Currently in 26th position.
Indeed. However, there’s the potential problem of Milan Vader, who will want to earn that ticket and use it for himself, and rightfully so.
Wasn't there an extra ticket for the best nation on the WC who doesn't have a ticket yet? So if Mathieu and/or Vader rides well there they got one already.
If I understand this correctly, they will only get a quota if they do not get a single quota during the Olympic qualificationThe two highest-ranked NOCs at the 2023 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in both the elite and under 23 races, which have not qualified a quota place through the UCI Mountain Bike Olympic Qualification ranking or the 2023 Continental Championships, will qualify a maximum of one place per NOC, with NOCs which have qualified through the elite race not eligible to qualify through the under 23 race.
Picture?Mathieu has joined the club of bald people. I am a fan once more.
Van der Poel to ride the mountain bike World Championships besides the road race.
And he'll likely start on the last row, with no ranking points at all. A big ask from there......
As his goal for the Tour de France he states a stage win and wearing yellow, before adding "Daarnaast wil ik zo vlot mogelijk Parijs proberen halen omdat het WK in Glasgow er daarna al snel aankomt." Can someone who speaks Dutch help translating this? Does it mean he wants to go for (his best possible) GC?
You are correct.I assume it means he will try to reach Paris as easily as possible (so definitely not GC).
okay, thanks. Google translated it as "as quickly as possible", which left me a bit confused