The Alpecin Fenix team has announced it has signed Mathieu Van Der Poel for a further four seasons.
Van der Poel has been part of the Belgian outfit for the past ten years and will now continue to race in their colours until the end of 2025. The 26-year-old will probably have courted offers from some of the biggest teams in road cycling but probably stuck with the second-tier UCI ProTeam as it allows him the freedom to largely dictate his racing calendar as we saw this year following his withdrawal from the Tour de France to prepare for the Olympics.
Alpecin Fenix has expanded its mountain bike roster in recent years with the recent additions of Sam Gaze and Ronja Eibl
, and it seems Van der Poel will continue to be a regular face at World Cups too. He confirmed in the announcement that he was planning on racing mountain bikes until at least the Paris 2024 Olympics and that one of his goals is to be the World Champion in three disciplines - cyclocross, mountain bike and road.