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by Mark Zalewski
February 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: De Boer wins in Hoogstraten, Cant retains Superprestige lead; Van der Poel wins Hoogstraten and extends Superprestige lead; Maud Kaptheijns surprises in a muddy Krawatencross Lille; Van der Poel beats van Aert in Krawatencross; UCI issues new guidelines to boost safety in the race convoy; Van aert not troubled by double runner-up weekend; Accusations of motor doping by van Aert renewed after Krawatencross; Ethiopia approves prison sentences for doping; 32nd Ride the Rockies route announced; Wiggins eyeing acting after reality TV?; Backstage Pass – Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stage 4; Driver attempts to strike cyclist who also happens to be a cop; MacAskill barely clears head of comedian Jack Whitehall.
Accusations that world champion Wout van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) uses a motor in his bicycle flared up again after an incident in the Krawatencross race on Saturday. The accusers pointed to his attempt to pass race leader and rival Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) when his rear wheel slid out on the muddy course. Van Aert saved it before crashing, but the bike made an odd move across in the process.
“On a sloping side he slid away and moved to the right to save it,” former cyclist Jan Verstraeten of van Aert’s entourage told Het Laatste Niews. “Wout shifted his weight causing the wheel to logically take off. I personally see nothing illogical in the film.
Spanish sports publication AS was one to make the suggestion that a motor could have resulted in the bike’s movement.
“These insinuations are really too ridiculous for words. All you can do is just laugh. Anyone who has doubts can come to the next race and disassemble his bike. Then the insinuations about mechanical doping will stop.”
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