MATHIEU van der Poel's campaign to gain selection for the Olympic mountain bike race in Rio continues with a race in Belgium on April 10th. Van der Poel is due to compete in Beringen on Sunday in a UCI class 2 cross country race.

In late February he scored UCI points by finishing fourth in the Cyprus Sunshine Cup.

Also on the Dutchman's programme are three rounds of the UCI World Cup, the European Championship in Sweden and the Worlds at Nove Mesto in the Czech Republic.

The 21-year-old is ranked only 278th in the UCI World Rankings and there are five Dutchmen ahead of him, but he beat Rudi van Houts, the highest ranked Dutchman, in Cyprus.

Transfer news

Belgian international Gianni Vermeersch's contract with Marlux-Napoleon Games was "terminated by mutual consent" on April 1st, 2016. There is no news yet on whether the twenty-three-year-old has found another contract.

Danny De Bie has recently been appointed as sports director of Jurgen Mettepenningen's Marlux-Napoleon Games team.

Dutchwoman Maud Kaptheijns will move from AA Drink to join Sanne Cant at Enertherm-BKCP from May 1st, 2016.

Telenet-Fidea to race on Trek Bikes - it's official!

Telenet-Fidea's sponsorship deal with Trek Bikes was officially launched yesterday (April 8th). Here's how we broke the story back in February at Cyclocrossrider.

Sven Nys officially joined Telenet-Fidea as team manager on April 1st, 2016.

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