During the Profwielerronde Etten Leur competition, in Holland, last Sunday (20), in an interview for the website Het Nieuwsblad, in which he participated, Mathieu van der Poel revealed that he still does not know if he will continue to participate in road races in the coming years, told about the desire to dedicate himself even more to mountain biking and, thus, get an opportunity to represent the Netherlands in the 2024 Olympic Games.
“At first, the intention was not to do that anymore, but now I’m going to go back pedaling and see how it goes. Then we will make a decision based on that. I also want to do a test event in Paris at the end of September for the mountain bike Olympics, so I still have to keep training anyway and I prefer to race when I feel good”, said the cyclist.
In the competition in which he was participating, the athlete squandered happiness with the rainbow shirt in which he won first place in his last match, at the Elite Men’s Race at the UCI World Road Championships, in Glasgow. “Of course, I once wore a rainbow shirt, but it seems like a long time ago. I was looking forward to walking around in this shirt”, said Mathieu van der Poel.
After so many victories and an excellent trajectory this year, the athlete commented that he was celebrating his participation and his gains so that there was a chance to ease the future pressures on the sport. “It’s been a solid few nights. After the Worlds, there was a bit of decompression, so I’ll see how I feel when I get back to training, ”he said.
The test event commented by the athlete to have the opportunity to participate in the Olympic Games, will take place between the 23rd and 24th of next month, in Élancourt, France. According to information released by the competition’s official website, the road and time trial routes will have a 273-kilometre route for the athletes, the longest in Olympic history. For women, it will be 158 kilometers.