Mathieu van der Poel leads balanced Dutch team at World Championships

Mathieu van der Poel at the World Championships
Mathieu van der Poel at the World Championships (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel will form part of an eight-rider team that will represent the Netherlands in the elite men's road race at the UCI Road World Championships in Australia. The national team coach admitted to making tough decisions regarding the selection but believes the result is a balanced team that is in contention to win the rainbow jersey.

“Making a selection for a World Championship in Australia so soon after the Vuelta has been quite a puzzle. But I am convinced that we will travel with a balanced team with which we can stand our ground in the fight for the world title," said National coach Koos Moerenhout.

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