Van der Poel: A four-year plan for the Tokyo Games is ruined

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix)
Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) (Image credit: Getty Images)

Mathieu van der Poel (Alpecin-Fenix) has planned for years for the Olympic Games in Tokyo this season. Before the last Olympic Games in 2016, Van der Poel had yet to become the road sensation he is now and had none of the mountain bike palmares he currently enjoys. He was a cyclo-cross specialist, a former World Champion in a non-Olympic discipline inspired to take up a new pursuit to add his name to Olympic history.

Having spent the past three years building up to the level of a European Cross Country champion with a trio of World Cup victories in Cross Country, the postponement of the Games because of the coronavirus pandemic hurts. 

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