Van der Poel updates his road calendar for 2023
At the beginning of the year, Van der Poel advanced his road calendar for this season, and now his team has just confirmed it by updating some dates. The Dutchman's goals will be to win a Monument, finish the Tour and fight for the World Championship.
Van der Poel is already thinking about asphalt: eight events confirmed and a few more in the air
After winning the CX World Championship in Hoogerheide, Mathieu van der Poel has gone into "road mode" and his team has published what will be his first part of the season in this modality.
Speaking to Sporza, he said that "it would be nice to also win a Monument other than the Tour of Flanders, but with a third victory I will also be very satisfied".
The first event of the year for the Dutchman will be the Strade Bianche (March 4th), a race he already won in 2021. With hardly any rest, he will race Tirreno-Adriatico (March 6-12), in which he has won three stages.
He will then race in Milan-San Remo (March 18th) after his best result last year when he finished third. He will then leave Italy and head to central Europe to try to improve on his third place finish in 2021 at the E3 Saxo Classic (March 24) and then try to win his third Tour of Flanders (April 2) and his first Paris-Roubaix (April 9) after his podium finish in 2021.
From here, it is unknown at the moment which other spring races the Alpecin-Deceuninck rider will race, although it could be Dwars door Vlaanderen and the Amstel Gold Race. The next confirmed date is the Tour de Suisse (June 11-18).
The next stop will be the Tour de France (July 1-23). As he states in Sporza, reaching Paris will be his goal after having to finish early in the two editions he has participated in.
Finally, the Glasgow World Championships (August 6th) will put an end to Van der Poel's season on asphalt. Regarding the World Championship, he told Sporza that it is a goal every year and that this year's course should suit him well.
Confirmed road races for 2023
- Strade Bianche (March 4th)
- Tirreno-Adriatico (March 6-12)
- Milan-San Remo (March 18th)
- E3 Saxo Classic (March 24th)
- Tour of Flanders (April 2nd)
- Paris-Roubaix (April 9th)
- Calendar of other spring classics still to be confirmed
- Tour de Suisse (June 11-18)
- Tour de France (July 1-23)
- Glasgow World Championships (August 6th)