Mathieu van der Poel restarts from Italy: Strade Bianche, Tirreno

Even if there’s still a World Cup to think about, appointment in Hoogerheide on February 5th to conquer the fifth world title in the cross, Mathieu van der Poel he also begins to reflect on the road season to come. During the second training camp with the team in Spain, the Dutchman made official his 2023 calendar (up to the Tour de France). A season that has a few less clouds, given that the rider himself has reassured on the state of his back after having suffered a bit in the last few races and in the last ones direct comparisons with van Aert. Meanwhile van der Poel will do the Tour and not the Giro d’Italia this year, but Italy will be there in his season and will be a determining part of his preparation…
Mathieu van der Poel’s season will start from Sienawith the appointment of March 4 at White Roads. Race already won by the Dutch in 2021 after a head-to-head with Alaphilippe. VDP will then remain in Italy to race the Tyrrhenian-Adriatic (March 6-12) and again there Milan-San Remo of March 18. He has already tried on three occasions, but he still lacks success at the Very classic after a 13th place, a 5th and the 3rd place mockery of last season. Speaking of Northern Classics, however, van der Poel will miss the Amstel Gold Race, but will be there both at Roubaix that al Tour of Flanderswhere he instead aims for three of a kind after the successes in 2020 and in 2022, when he bested Pogacar after an epic duel.

Van der Poel’s calendar

Date Competition
4th March White Roads
March 6-12 Tyrrhenian-Adriatic
March 18th Milan-San Remo
April 2nd Tour of Flanders
April 9th Paris-Roubaix
June 11-18 Tour of Switzerland
July 1-23 Tour de France
August 13th Road World Championships

Better Roubaix or Flanders?

The desire to win Roubaix is ​​no greater than that of winning Flanders. I would be just as happy to win the Tour of Flanders again. I haven’t won Roubaix yet, so it would be nice to add it to my collection, but I don’t consider it more important than the Ronde. [Mathieu van der Poel a Wielerflits]

Between Alaphilippe and the bike van der Poel wins: Flanders highlights

An appointment with the Tour de France

Needless to say, I will be racing the Tour de France. It remains one of the biggest sporting events in the world. In the last two years, due to various circumstances, something has gone wrong and I haven’t been able to finish it. That will be the focus this year

As an addition to the 2023 calendar there is also the Glasgow World Cup of road cycling which will take place on 13 August. The dream, for van der Poel, is to become the first rider in history to win the world title on both road and cross in the same season.

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Mathieu van der Poel restarts from Italy: Strade Bianche, Tirreno-Adriatico and Milano-Sanremo in his calendar