Mathieu Van der Poel says he intends to ride in both the Tour de France and the Olympic Games - although he thinks the 2021 schedule is "inconvenient".
"I think I owe it to the sponsors to participate in the Tour," Van der Poel told Belgian publication Sporza. "The season is a difficult puzzle and not only my own ambitions count. I never underestimate the importance of the sponsors. Without them there is no sport. But I can't quite do what I want."
The 25-year-old had already said he intended to race in the Tour for his team Alpecin-Fenix when he saw the course plans - and although the summer calendar may prove a little problematic, he will be racing to win.
"The Tour is very inconvenient," he said. "The Tour is secondary to the Games, but I am also not going to France to come for 10 days and then leave."
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Van der Poel will be competing in the mountain bike event at the Tokyo Olympics, delayed until 2021 due to the pandemic.
"The delay of the Games is a disadvantage for me. Last year I was where I wanted to be and I was ready for the Games. I had raced almost all the World Cups, I knew where I was in relation to the competition and I felt great on my bike," he added.
"Now a year has passed in which I have barely been on my mountain bike. It is still a question mark. The dream and the hope for Olympic gold is certainly not gone, but it will be a lot more difficult."