Training prioritised over racing: Why Mathieu van der Poel hasn't raced since Paris-Roubaix

Dutchman sets his sights on Tour de France and then road and MTB at Glasgow World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel
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While Julian Alaphilippe won stage two of the Critérium du Dauphiné on Monday in central France, Mathieu van der Poel was a couple of hours further east, still at an altitude camp in the Alps. While his great adversary Wout van Aert will tackle the Tour de Suisse next weekend, Van der Poel will be competing at the much more low-key Dwars het Hageland and the Belgium Tour.

The Dutchman has not raced since he won Paris-Roubaix at the beginning of April, meaning by the time he pins on his race numbers once again in Aarschot on Saturday, it will have been over two months since he did so. It is all part of a new approach to the season for Van der Poel, as he prioritises training over racing. This period at altitude is all leading towards his two biggest goals for the season: the Tour de France and the super-World Championships, in Glasgow.

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Adam Becket
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Adam is Cycling Weekly’s news editor – his greatest love is road racing but as long as he is cycling on tarmac, he's happy. Before joining Cycling Weekly he spent two years writing for Procycling, where he interviewed riders and wrote about racing. He's usually out and about on the roads of Bristol and its surrounds. Before cycling took over his professional life, he covered ecclesiastical matters at the world’s largest Anglican newspaper and politics at Business Insider. Don't ask how that is related to cycling.