Merckx: Van der Poel can win everything, even the Tour de France

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Eddy Merckx has tipped Mathieu van der Poel to become a Tour de France winner in the future if he shifts his attention more fully to the road. In an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, Merckx spoke admiringly of the cyclo-cross world champion, who made a sparkling debut in the Classics last spring, when he won Amstel Gold Race and placed 4th at the Tour of Flanders.

Van der Poel has yet to make his Grand Tour debut, though the Dutchman has suggested that his Alpecin-Fenix team might lobby for an invitation to the postponed 2020 Tour de France, which has been rescheduled for August 29-September 20.

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