Van der Poel's Alpecin-Fenix team manager: We want to do as many races as possible

Alpecin-Fenix’s Mathieu van der Poel on stage 2 of the 2020 Volta ao Algarve
Alpecin-Fenix’s Mathieu van der Poel on stage 2 of the 2020 Volta ao Algarve (Image credit: Bettini Photo)

The Belgian and Dutch media are currently reporting that Alpecin-Fenix star Mathieu van der Poel may yet have a chance of riding the Tour de France this year if the UCI reduces the number of riders taking part for each team from eight to seven. But while Cyclingnews understands that team sizes will not be reduced for the Grand Tours, Van der Poel's team manager, Philip Roodhooft, says that the team is simply hoping to take part in as many races as they can when, and if, competition resumes.

"We, like all other teams, want to race as many races as possible from the moment the new cycling calendar becomes official," Roodhooft told on Thursday. "The question is, of course, whether that calendar can be implemented effectively. But it is clear that we are definitely interested in taking part in the Tour de France, and we've also informed [race organiser] ASO of that."

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