In addition to Rucphen, the Dutchman opts for four more rounds of the World Cup.
“Van der Poel immediately opts for a double and will be at the start in Namur a day later,” it says in a press release. “Last season he was the best on and around the Citadel after an exciting battle with Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock. A week later, on Boxing Day, race number three is on the Dutchman’s program. Just like last year, Van der Poel will also be present in Dendermonde. The world champion will conclude his adventures in the World Cup with two matches on home soil. At the beginning of the new year, Van der Poel will go to Hulst on January 2, where he can succeed himself. He will conclude on Sunday 23 January in Hoogerheide in the Netherlands. The GP Adrie van der Poel is a logical addition to his calendar. Here too, it is his name that adorns the number 1 of the last edition, in 2020.”
In between, Van der Poel will also ride three crosses of the X²O Bathrooms Trophy. “The first cross in which van der Poel will play out his trump cards in the X²O Bathrooms Trophy is the Azencross in Loenhout, on Thursday 30 December. A week later, on Wednesday 5 January, Herentals Crosst will be its ultimate preparation match for the Dutch championship, which will take place in Zaltbommel the following weekend. On Saturday 22 January, in the weekend before the World Cup in Fayetville, van der Poel will compete in the Rectavit Flandriencross in Hamme.”
And then on December 29 there is also the Superprestigemanche in Diegem.
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As a result, Van der Poel and Van Aert will meet each other five times up to their respective national championships. That can be a total of seven if Van Aert also starts in Hamme and Hoogerheide.
Dendermonde (December 26)
Diegem (December 29)
Loenhout (December 30)
Holly (January 2)
Herentals (January 5)
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And then… the World Cup
The three-time cyclo-cross world champion will benefit from taking some UCI points from Rucphen as he plans to head to the World Championships in Fayetteville, America, where he will be chasing a new rainbow jersey. To start on the front row, he should move from where he is now (21st) to the first eight.
After an internship in Mallorca, Van der Poel is currently preparing for the cross season at home in ‘s Gravenwezel. Alpecin-Fenix will travel to Benicassim for the first time from 1 to 10 December for a training internship and planned the second internship from 10 to 20 January. It is not yet certain where Van der Poel will start the road season, but we would not be surprised if that happens again in the UAE Tour, which starts on February 20.