Mathieu van der Poel confirms he will miss Imola World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) won stage 7 of Tirreno-Adriatico (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) showed his form on Sunday with a Tirreno-Adriatico stage victory in Loreto, but the Dutchman has confirmed that he will not participate in the World Championships road race in Imola on September 27.

The Worlds were initially due to take place in Aigle and Martigny, but the event was moved to Italy due to the restrictions on public gatherings in place in Switzerland owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Although the Imola route is not mountainous like the Aigle-Martigny parcours, the final amount of metres climbed in the 258.2km race is similar due to two steep climb on the 28.8km circuit. 

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