Mathieu van der Poel exclusive: The Dutch superstar remains undecided on mountain bike road race double at Paris 2024: “It’s a difficult puzzle”

Mathieu van der Poel he has a difficult choice to make.

Before next year Paris Olympic Games the versatile Dutchman, who excels at both mountain bike and road racehe has to decide where to put his focus.

Should the reigning road race world champion only target the MTB event, where he fell in Tokyo?

Or should he go for the chance to become Olympic champion in both MTB and road racing, but risk compromising his chances in MTB?

When asked the question at the Madrid Criterium, which he won, the fifth cyclocross world champion admits that he still has to discover how to approach the summer in France.

“It’s not decided yet (to do both MTB and road),” van der Poel said Olympics.com.

“We still have to do the puzzle. It’s a really difficult combination, especially if you also want to do the Tour de France. We have a few different scenarios on the table, but we have to see which one we have to choose. I have to do it choices, and I still have to think now.”

The Tour de France 2024 ends in Nice just one week before the Olympic MTB race.

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