Van der Poel updates his calendar to prepare for the Tour
Alpecin-Deceuninck has made an update on Mathieu van der Poel's preparation for the 2023 Tour de France. It was already known that he wouldn't race MTB until at least the second half of August, here's his possible MTB calendar, and they've just confirmed that he'll do two pre-Tour races.
Mathieu van der Poel's June calendar update
The Dutchman will split the remainder of May and June between an altitude training camp and a couple of competitions. Van der Poel, along with the rest of the team, will do a 3-week high altitude training camp in La Plagne before competing in the Dwars door het Hageland 1-day race on June 10 and then the Baloise Belgium Tour from June 14-18.
"The next three weeks we will be preparing in La Plagne for the Tour de France. It's good anyway to put in some races to get some race rhythm afterwards."
"Both Dwars door het Hageland and the Baloise Belgium Tour are races that appeal to me. With my cyclocross background, I should be able to play a significant role in Dwars door het Hageland. In the Baloise Belgium Tour, I will find a few guys from our Tour selection, including Jasper Philipsen. We'll see what we can do for each other."
After the Baloise Belgium Tour will come the Dutch national championship, in which van der Poel has not confirmed his participation, and then the team is expected to travel to Bilbao, from where the Tour will start on July 1st.