Because the Netherlands has not met the requirements of the UCI, there is only a limited participation. The KNWU canceled the Nations Cup matches last year due to the corona pandemic. Participation in at least one of those competitions was a prerequisite to be able to start at the World Cup.
The Netherlands can compete in the sprint with two men in Roubaix in northern France, where the World Cup starts on October 20. One rider can be entered for the keirin, km time trial, omnium, points race and scratch. In the women’s sprint, keirin, omnium, points race and scratch there is always room for one Dutch rider.
A year and a half ago, the Netherlands led the country classification with six gold medals at the World Cup in Berlin. They were conquered by the team sprinters (Harrie Lavreysen, Jeffrey Hoogland, Roy van den Berg and Matthijs Büchli), Lavreysen (sprint, keirin), Sam Ligtlee (km time trial), Kirsten Wild (scratch) and Wild with Amy Pieters (coupling race) . For the team sprinters it was the third world title in a row. In Tokyo they also won gold in the part last summer.
Veneberg was not yet able to indicate whether the strongest track cyclists are now being delegated. “We are not that far yet. We first want an explanation from the UCI,” said the director. Earlier this month, the KNWU could have sent a rider to Cali, Colombia, where the last race in the Nations Cup took place. The union ruled that it was not responsible to travel there due to the corona situation. Previously, the Netherlands also stayed at home at matches in Saint Petersburg, shortly before the Games, and Hong Kong, where quarantine threatened.