Mathieu van der Poel aims for world gravel championships


Mathieu van der Poel is aiming for the new UCI Gravel World Championships.

If the Dutch star took to gravel like he has all other disciplines involving a bike, he could make history as he strives to win four world titles in cyclocross, mountain biking, road racing and of course gravel.

The UCI announced at the end of September this year at the World Road Championships in Leuven that there would be a full international calendar which would lead to the qualification of riders for the World Championships, which means that Van der Poel would have to participate. to previous events and do well to qualify.

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In an interview on GCNon the YouTube channel, Van der Poel responded very quickly to the question of whether he would like to try to compete in the gravel world championships with a “yes”.

Before answering the question of whether he will win with: “I don’t know, I’ve never run on gravel before.”

Van der Poel isn’t the first big name in cycling to want to try dirt races next year, with new Team TotalEnergies leader Peter Sagan also keen to take a chance and get back to his roots in cycling. Mountain bike. .

In other questions, Van der Poel said he believes his teammate Tim Merlier is faster than Mark Cavendish (Quick-Step AlphaVinyl), if he had to choose one discipline it would be mountain biking, refusing to really answer the question of “who is the best of himself and of Wout van Aert.

Other controversial topics included white shorts, leggings over or under socks and cycling caps.

Van der Poel had an incredible 2021 but did not retain his title in his favorite race, the Tour of Flanders. But he put on incredible shows on the opening stage of the UAE Tour before leaving because of Covid, his incredible victory at Strade Bianche with two others at Tirreno-Adriatico.

Not to mention his stage victory on the second stage of the Tour de France and the following six days in the yellow jersey.

Crashing in the Olympic mountain bike race meant that Van der Poel went on to miss several races, including the Benelux Tour and the World Mountain Bike Championships before grabbing eighth place at the World Championships on road and second at Paris-Roubaix where he finished his season.

He is expected to resume racing in cyclocross on Boxing Day this year.


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