Mathieu van der Poel will not ride the road race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics instead of focusing on the mountain bike race. Mountain Bike fans can book their Olympic Mountain Bike Tickets at economical prices from our reliable online ticketing place.

There had been gossip that the Dutchman may try to ride both the road race and mountain bike event having proven his road noble after winning a number of road races this year including the Amstel Gold Race.

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Mathieu van der Poel picks against equine road race at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

However, Van der Poel definite to Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf that trying to ride both events will be too difficult and he will focus on mountain biking, an event he has already capable of.

Van der Poel said that “It is far too difficult my input in the road race at the Games is not an option. I thought about it for a while but that was at an early stage when the first dates showed that there was a bigger hole between the road race and the mountain bike event.”

Van der Poel will, however, ride the Road World Championships in Yorkshire later this month as well as the Tour of England. The 24-year-old has said his reason behind choosing to target the road race’s rainbow bands are due to the course parallels to the Amstel Gold Race where he beat Simon Clarke.

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Mathieu van der Poel picks against equine road race at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Van der Poel said that “I think the course of the World Championships is similar to the Amstel Gold Race there aren’t any long climbs but it is also not flat. Of course, you do not get the chance to ride on a course that suits you so well at the World Championship that often. I do not want to let that chance go.”

Van der Poel decision to choose just one race at Toyko most likely follows his decision to pick the Yorkshire World over the mountain bike world championship saying

“going full for one is better than being able to give eighty percent twice.”

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Mathieu van der Poel picks against equine road race at Tokyo 2020 Olympics

The Dutchman has also shown he hopes to race a Grand Tour following the Tokyo 2020 Olympics exactly the Tour de France, which his grandfather Raymond Poulidor made the stage of eight times but never won.

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