Mathieu van der Poel: 'If I can, I will make my Tour de France debut this year'

The Dutchman says if the Tour is ridden at some point this year his team have an outside chance of being included

Mathieu van der Poel (Photo by Tim de Waele/Getty Images)

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After previously saying he will bide his time for his first Grand Tour, Mathieu van der Poel has decided that if the Tour de France is raced this year then he wants to be on the start line.

While his Alpecin-Fenix squad have not initially been given a wildcard spot for the 2020 edition, those places being given to Total Direct Energie, B&B Hotels-Vital Concept and Arkéa-Samsic, the Dutchman says his team still have a chance of being included.

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