After the victories in Tabor 2017 and Rosmalen 2018, the Dutch star goes for his third UEC European Championships title in the elite category in Silvelle
Silvelle di Trebaseleghe (Padua, Italy) can’t wait to see Mathieu Van der Poel’s talent in action at the UEC European Cyclo-cross Championships on Sunday November 10th. The Dutch champion dominated the Ruddervoorde last weekend, proving to be already in a great shape while only at his first race of his cyclo-cross season. Stakes will be higher in Veneto, as the goal will be claiming a third consecutive European title, after those conquered in Tabor 2017 (Czech Republic) and Rosmalen 2018 (Netherlands).
The Cyclo-cross season has started in middle September, with the first two World Cup’s rounds in the United States, in Iowa City and Waterloo, but Van der Poel sat out of the early winter races until November 3rd.
“Was it hard for me to watch the early season fixtures on television? No, we made a plan, so we stick to the plan – the 24-year-old explained – I really needed some rest after some hard months combining road races and the XCO races and 2020 will be definitely a tough year. Of course, I’m really happy to return to Cyclocross, but no it was not hard to watch the races. I’m now totally focused on my own CX season with the World Championships as main goal”.
In 2011 the Corendon-Circus rider won his first European Championship in Lucca among the Juniors. After that, the Dutch won other three European titles and he is now ready to come back in Italy, where he will face the Silvelle circuit for the first time. His father Adrie Van der Poel knows the course √, after finishing third in the Superprestige rounds in 1997 and 1998.
“I have not been to Silvelle or on the course before – Mathieu continued -. We don’t talk a lot about the past with my father. But of course, if he knows something important about the race course Sunday, he will tell me”.
Many people are wondering if there is any rider who will be able to fight with him till the end. Van der Poel has a clear idea on that as well: “Before Ruddervoorde, I told that I expected Eli Iserbyt and Tom Pidcock. Both were not on the podium last Sunday, but I assume they still felt the terrific Koppenberg, so I expect Iserbyt and Pidcock again in Silvelle. Both riders already showed they are in good shape and both riders like a hard race. Besides, I keep an eye out for riders like Toon Aerts and Laurens Sweeck, but a lot will depend on the course condition and the weather conditions. However: I’m excited and motivated to get a third European Title, but it won’t be an easy day out”.
The program of the European Championships will be opened by the Masters’ races on Saturday November 9th, from 9.00 CET to 16.00 CET. Sunday’s programme will start at 9.00 am CET with the Women Junior, followed by Men Junior at 9.50 CET, Women U23 at 11.00 CET, Men U23 at 12.20 CET, Women Elite at 13.50 CET and Men Elite at 15.20 CET