Mathieu van der Poel has no intention of defending his leader's jersey in the last two days of the Tour of Great Britain. The Dutchman will choose the attack if the opportunity arises.

Van der Poel recaptured his leader's jersey on Thursday by finishing sixth in the time trial. Matteo Trentin was three seconds ahead of the race.

"It seems that tomorrow the finish will be uphill again and that suits me. I will do my best to participate in the front", says Van der Poel, who impressed Tuesday by leaving the competition far behind on a comparable arrival.

"We have already proven that we have some strong riders who can control the race. I have faith in tomorrow, although it depends a bit on how my legs are. If I feel good, I will always try."

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"Time trial good indication towards World Cup"

Van der Poel drove his first time trial in England since May last year, when he finished second in the prologue of the French stage race Boucles de la Mayenne.

"It was a long time ago that I had driven a time trial. With the World Championship ahead, a time trial on such a tough course is a good indication. My legs felt good, so hopefully it will stay that way," said the cyclocross world champion.

"Trentin and I are very close to each other in the battle for first place. He has proven that he is very fast in the battle for the bonus seconds, so it will be a great fight."

The penultimate stage of the Tour of Great Britain on Friday will cover almost 189 hilly kilometers from Warwick to Dassett. The road race at the World Cup is on September 29.