“They are Panicking” – 28-Year-Old Dutch Cyclist Plans for Sixth World Championship at 2024 Cyclocross Season, Disregarding UCI’s Controversial Move

Published 12/08/2023, 12:57 PM EST

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As the 2024 cycling season revs up, all eyes are set on professional athletes, brewing the anticipation with every passing day. Among many such notable players, Mathieu van der Poel was recently caught in a media exchange, poised to reclaim his world championship throne. Planning for his sixth victory at the prestigious tournament, Poel’s candid insights left sports fans eagerly waiting for the upcoming games. 

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Seizing many power-packed records, the 28-year-old cycling professional made history with his stellar track record, boasting five world titles in racing tours. While the current debates on UCI’s stance were a threat to many, Poel chose to remain focused on personal growth in the sport. Evidently, the Dutchman’s latest pursuit of another jaw-dropping win added a tinge of energetic suspense to this already thrilling narrative.

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Hailed for his unmatched prowess on both road and off-road tracks, Poel’s cycling comeback to the cyclocross circuit sparked buzz among fans. Significantly, while hoping for another crown in Tabor, the athlete is now gearing up to give his best at the Exact Cross Mol. 

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With his single-minded focus on the upcoming World Championships showcasing a strategic approach, the pro rider mentioned prioritizing quality over quantity. Epitomizing a skillful cycling career woven in triumphs, Poel acknowledged his transition into a more prominent road racer. 

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While his resolute stance to peak specifically at the international competition spoke volumes about his meticulous vision, it also highlighted something bigger. Admirably, the cyclist shared his indomitable passion for the sport as he kept training for two months in Spain. 

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Joining forces with the cycling team in Benicassim, Poel depicted exceptional spirits during his tenure in Belgium, which did not feel much in favor of him. While controversies have darkened the sport’s arena after the UCI’s firm policies, Mathieu did not express his personal response to its impacts. 

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However, he highlighted the consequences these modifications had for several teams. Regrettably, UCI President David Lappartient’s recent remarks threatening bans for those skipping the cycling World Cup rounds left many in unexplainable awe. 

Underscoring the severe tension between the sport’s governing body and athletes’ autonomy in choosing their race calendars, Poel stated, “I think they are panicking at the UCI.” Listing noteworthy cycling icons like Wout van Aert and Tom Pidcock, he questioned if athletes would get permission for the international games, claiming, “That doesn’t make sense.”

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With uproar from riders and team staff, including Bart Wellens, the situation was undeniably dire for several professionals. Nonetheless, Mathieu van der Poel’s pursuit of a sixth victory portrayed his unbreakable efficiency, promising an enthralling cycling spectacle for the 2024 games. 

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