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Mathieu van der Poel returns to road cycling at the Bretagne Classic-Ouest in France

The athlete revealed the agenda for the month of September

Last Sunday (03), through social networks, after having won the title of world champion and having been absent from competitions in the professional environment for a month, Mathieu van der Poel returned to road cycling participating in the Bretagne Classic-Ouest France in which was held in Plouay, France. Previously, the cyclist had informed that he would return to matches through the competition in which he participated.

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In an interview with the Ouest France newspaper, the athlete said that his calendar for this season was still full, being confirmed in the GP of Fourmies, GP of Walloine, Super 8 Classic, Circuit Franco-Belge and Paris-Tours. All competitions will be held this month.

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“At the end of September I will compete in the Olympic mountain bike event in Paris. To bridge the gap between us and this race, I have decided, in consultation with the team, to participate in some road races. Bretagne Classic is a beautiful classic with its winding roads and small hills. It suits me. The period is also favorable, so it is the ideal time to resume competition”, explained the athlete.

The Bretagne Classic-Ouest France route is characterized by having 258.3 kilometers in which there are 4,235 meters of altitude. The departure locations have many hills passing through Ty Coz, Le Hellès and Kervelen with a difficult cycle of climbs, in addition, there are also steep slopes such as the Côte du Lézot and Kerscoulic.

In other interviews, Mathieu van der Poel spoke about his desire to dedicate himself even more to mountain biking and thus get an opportunity to represent the Netherlands at 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.

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