Van der Poel’s Alpecin-Fenix team did not receive one of two generic invitations that are issued to second division ProTeams in addition to automatic invitations for the 19 WorldTour teams and the highest ranked ProTeam.
However, this week, the Tour has been postponed to August 29 – September 20, having been classified as the most important race on the newly recovered 2020 calendar, considered crucial for the survival of certain teams. As such, Van der Poel hopes that a special exemption can be granted to 24 teams on the starting line, and his team leader is already pressing for this to happen.
“It is good that we have received some targets that runners can hang onto,” said Van der Poel of the new schedule in an interview with the Belgian press.
“It is still too early for clear planning – it will depend on whether the Tour de France will allow two additional teams to participate. In this case, I really hope we will be there. “
” [Team manager] Philip Roodhooft has already been in contact with ASO. I want to go around. I don’t really think of another Grand Tour. I focus on the Tour and the Classics. “
There are no dates for the rescheduled spring classics yet, but the five monument races are slated to take place in October or November after the Tour and World Championships.
“It’s going to be very special. And what will the weather be like? Wondered Van der Poel.
“If we can ride, we just have to do it, even if it’s a different experience. Riding on Oude Kwaremont or Paterberg without fans, it makes it less pleasant. I need that atmosphere – that’s the beauty of racing. But if you must, you must. “
Van der Poel makes sure to stay in shape, recording long journeys in the Netherlands, where, unlike Spain and France, it is still allowed to ride outdoors.
“I will continue to train well. As long as the weather is nice, I make long journeys of around 200 kilometers. Then you are busy for a while, ”he said.
“It’s more fun than rolling on rollers. Imagine if I lived in Monaco, where you can’t exercise outside, then I would go crazy. I’m not really on a workout program, I’m doing what I want to maintain the condition. I also do mountain biking once or twice a week, in exchange. “
Van der Poel said he was doing well mentally with the social distancing measures made necessary by the pandemic, and added that the lack of racing did not make him fall, but actually eased the psychological pressure.
“I must say that this period of mental rest is good. This is a positive thing in this situation, “he said.
“For the first time in a long time, I don’t feel any pressure. “