Mathieu van der Poel adds Volta a Catalunya on top of spring Classics campaign

The Spanish WorldTour event will be the Dutchman's first stage race of the year

Mathieu van der Poel at the 2019 GP Sven Nys (Photo by David Stockman/Belga Mag/AFP via Getty Images)

(Image credit: BELGA MAG/AFP via Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel has added the Volta a Catalunya to his early season schedule, where he is expected to have a full run at the spring Classics, in what will be his first WorldTour stage race of the year.

The Dutchman's inclusion in the stage race in northern Spain will see him take the start line in Catalonia just two days after Milan - San Remo, where he hopes to challenge for a first ever Monument victory.

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