In your Tuesday edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel victorious at Hansgrohe Superprestige Zonhoven; 2017 UCI America Tour calendar includes new races in Colorado, Virginia, Idaho; Sam Bennett a victim of extreme heat at Qatar world championships; Strickland, Stumhofer win inaugural Red Bull Last Stand fixed-gear eliminator criterium at Alamo Plaza; David Millar pens opinion piece in New York Times addressing ‘TUE culture’ in pro cycling; Louis Vuitton luxury goods conglomerate poised to buy Pinarello; Hagens Berman-Supermint bolsters 2017 roster with Aussie Peta Mullens, American Jessica Cerra; Seven-time masters world champion Steve Tilford hospitalized with skull fracture; Video: Brandon Semenuk’s flawless winning run at Red Bull Rampage.
Your Tuesday Daily News Digest
Dutch national champion Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) won his second Superprestige event of the season in Zonhoven, Belgium, Sunday. The former world champion out-sprinted the current world champion, Belgian Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice). Belgium’s Laurens Sweeck (Era Real Estate-Circus) finished in third.
All three podium finishers are under the age of 23, with Sweeck the eldest, turning 23 on December 17. Van der Poel, the youngest, turns 22 on January 19.
Van der Poel and Van Aert quickly rode away from the rest of the field, opening a substantial gap. Sweeck joined them on the final lap but was unable to match their pace. Van der Poel, who missed the American round of World Cup events due to recovery from knee surgery, proved strongest in the two-man sprint for the line, but fell to the ground, exhausted, after crossing the finish line. Sweeck crossed the line 28 seconds back, with Dutchman Lars van der Haar (Giant-Alepcin) in fourth, 46 seconds off the winning time.
Today’s feature image comes from Kristof Ramon, and shows world cyclocross champion Wout van Aert descending the sand pit at Hansgrohe Superprestige Zonhoven, where he finished second to perennial rival Mathieu van der Poel.