No Tour de France wildcard for Mathieu Van der Poel

LAGOS PORTUGAL FEBRUARY 19 Start Mathieu Van Der Poel of The Netherlands and Team AlpecinFenix Interview Portimo City during the 46th Volta ao Algarve 2020 Stage 1 a 1956km stage from Portimo to Lagos VAlgarve2020 on February 19 2020 in Lagos Portugal Photo by Tim de WaeleGetty Images
Van der Poel at the Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Two lines at the bottom of the UCI's most recent press release appeared to raise the chances of seeing Mathieu van der Poel at the 2020 Tour de France but, contrary to reports in Belgium and the Netherlands, Cyclingnews understands that neither his Alpecin-Fenix team nor any other team will be awarded an extra wildcard place for this year's Grande Boucle.

The Tour de France, if it goes ahead on the rescheduled dates of August 29-September 20, will be contested by the 22 teams of eight riders already sure of a place, with no room to add extra teams. Cyclingnews understands that some one-day Classics may reduce team sizes from seven to six riders and so help smaller ProTeams, but that will not happen at the Grand Tours.

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Stephen Farrand
Head of News

Stephen is the most experienced member of the Cyclingnews team, having reported on professional cycling since 1994. He has been Head of News at Cyclingnews since 2022, before which he held the position of European editor since 2012 and previously worked for Reuters, Shift Active Media, and CyclingWeekly, among other publications.