Mathieu van der Poel won a short track race in the mountain biking world cup on Friday for the fourth time this year. De Brabander was the strongest in the Italian Val di Sole.

Van der Poel crossed the finish line solo. In the final lap he rode away from Brazilian number two Henrique Avancini, who was the only one who could stay in his wheel after an early demarrage.

The 24-year-old Corendon-Circus rider also won a short track race in Albstadt, Nové Mesto and Les Gets earlier this year, for the first time in his career a cross country and the European title.

Van der Poel also triumphed last year in short track races in Albstadt, Val di Sole and La Bresse, with which he experienced his breakthrough as a mountain biker.

Van der Poel is aiming for gold at Play

Van der Poel aims to take gold as a mountain biker at the Olympic Games in Tokyo next year. He will let the World Championship go by later this year, because he prefers to participate as a cyclist in the World Championship on the road.

The born Belgian also made an impression this year as a cyclist. He won the Amstel Gold Race and the Brabantse Pijl in a spectacular way.

Van der Poel started as a cyclo-cross rider (he already became world champion twice and twice European champion), but has also focused on other disciplines in the last few years.