Is he secretly targeting the Dirty Kanza 200? Not that we know of, but it did hint at some of his plans for this spring.
Van der Poel’s Alpecin – Fenix team received wild card bids to the famed white roads of Strade Bianche and the Poggio of Milan – San Remo. The team had hoped to race the Tirreno Adriatico stage race, but they did not receive a wild card for that event.
— Strade Bianche (@StradeBianche) January 16, 2020
In racing the Strade Bianche and Milan – San Remo, Van der Poel looks to replicate the success his rival Wout van Aert (Jumbo – Visma) has had there in recent years. Van Aert famously finished 3rd at Strade in 2018 after a legendary effort on a brutal day, and he then finished 3rd on the white roads and 6th at Milan – San Remo in 2019.
The 2020 Strade Bianche takes place on March 8 and Milan – San Remo on March 21. Van der Poel’s planned schedule also includes Gent – Wevelgem, the Ronde van Vlaanderen and Paris – Roubaix before he turns his attention to the XCO Mountain Bike race at the Tokyo Olympics.
Featured image: Bart Hazen