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Mathieu Van der Poel: “I want to race Giro and Tour, I’d like to take the first Maglia Rosa”


Mathieu Van der Poel is back, and he is back as only he can be able to do. The Dutchman, today engaged in the first stage of the Coppi & Bartali Week, was one of the hot topics of the recent Milan-Sanremo, in which he should not have participated in order to recover from an injury in the best possible way, and in which he instead participated, finding an incredible third place with an extraordinary performance.

Certainly for him now begins a very interesting part of the season, with the Northern classics that can represent a terrain of conquest for him, but his objectives do not stop there. In the statements reported by the Dutch media AD, Van der Poel began to uncover the cards regarding his plans for the season: “ The Giro d’Italia is definitely an option. It’s not 100% sure yet, but certainly the Giro-Tour combination is an idea in my head ”.

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This could therefore be the season of the debut of “VDP” in the most important race for our country and, as one might expect from a champion like him, his intention is to immediately leave his mark: The first week of the Giro attracts me a lot, especially the first stage, I think I have a chance for the first Maglia Rosa. This would be the main reason to participate “.

The first fraction of the Corsa Rosa, one of the three that will be run in Hungarian territory, has a rather simple elevation profile, up to the last 5 km, when a ramp with an average gradient of 5% begins that will lead up to the Visegrad Castle for an arrival which actually seems to be in the ropes of the Alpecin-Fenix ​​rider who added: “ My intention is to reach the end of both the Giro and the Tour . Last year I wanted to finish the Tour, I told the team that I don’t intend to leave after 10 days ”.