'I was able to test my legs and it felt good': Mathieu van der Poel confident ahead of Yorkshire Worlds road race

The young Dutchman is one of the favourites to take the rainbow bands in Harrogate

Mathieu van der Poel (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

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Mathieu van der Poel (Netherlands) is feeling in fighting form ahead of his first ever World Championship road race next weekend in Yorkshire.

The 24-year-old has had a breakthrough 2019 season, picking up a memorable win at the Amstel Gold Race, before coming second behind Elia Viviani (Italy) at the European Championship road race and then taking his first stage race overall victory at the Tour of Britain.

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