Mathieu van der Poel: I’d prefer to win the Olympics than wear the yellow jersey...but maybe it’s possible to do both

The superstar rider will compete in his first Tour de France just days before switching to the mountain bike for the Olympics

Mathieu van der Poel in the World Cup round
(Image credit: PA Images)

Mathieu van der Poel admits he’d rather win Olympic gold than wear the yellow jersey in the Tour de France, but didn’t write off the possibility of both.  

The cross discipline superstar will be racing his maiden Tour de France this summer, as his team Alpecin-Fenix have been invited to compete for the first time. 

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.