Participation in the Amstel Gold Race is an option for Mathieu van der Poel this season. His Alpecin-Fenix team is one of the six teams that received a wildcard for the Dutch WorldTour race on Monday.
Van der Poel won the Amstel Gold Race last year in an impressive way and is considering starting again this year. However, the all-rounder does not yet know whether the classic fits into his program.
Thanks to the wildcard of his team, he therefore has the option to ride the Gold Race. Arkéa Samsic, Circus-Wanty Gobert, SportVl-Baloise, Cycling Team Wallonie-Bruxelles and Riwal Cycling were also invited.
Alpecin-Fenix, formerly Corendon-Circus, has previously received wildcards for Strade Bianche, Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, the Walloon Arrow and Liège-Bastogne-Liège.
'Roubaix' and Gold Race is a difficult combination
The Amstel Gold Race will be held on April 19. Paris-Roubaix is on the program eight days earlier and Van der Poel will almost certainly make his debut there. Combining both courses often proves difficult for riders.
"But then something is triggered in me that I want to prove that it is not," said Van der Poel at the beginning of this year. "Anyway, the Amstel Gold Race is a very special race and it will always be that way. So driving or not driving the 'Amstel' is one of the tough decisions I will have to make this year."
25-year-old Van der Poel is currently preparing for the World Championships Cyclo-cross next weekend, where he will defend his rainbow jersey. Then he focuses on the road and mountain biking, in which he wants to become Olympic champion in Tokyo.
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