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by Mark Zalewski
January 12, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cam Meyer heads UniSA-Australia Tour Down Under lineup; Sarah Storey says UCI was warned about short notice for track championships; Albert responds to Mathieu van der Poel insult; Adri van der Poel responds to Neils Albert’s critcism; Stybar ready for 2017 season; British Cycling announces UCI Cyclocross World ; Paul Voss retires after not finding a new team; Patrick Gretsch announces retirement; Assen to host 2017 INAS world championships; Handcyclist versus fixie; Fixie in a winter wonderland.
The soap opera between Niels Albert and the van der Poel family is continuing with Albert insulted by a Tweet from the younger van der Poel calling him a ‘janker.’
Wout Van Aert and sports director Niels Albert.
“Everyone can ventilate his opinion. But only in a civilized manner,” he told Het Laatste Nieuws.
“I had expected different language from a champion like Mathieu, really. I’m shocked. He is one himself to call me ‘janker.’ Believe me, I could react poisonous in return to that tweet, but then all hell breaks loose. So I will show I am the smartest and I leave it at that.”
Albert is critical of Adri van der Poel’s involvement with the construction of the course for the upcoming World Championships in Luxembourg.
“You do not hear me say that the van der Poel family will abuse the situation, or that they have never done in the past,” Albert said. “But this ‘interference’ can not be regarded as logical? Of course I know Adrie was also involved in the course development of Hoogerheide and Valkenburg. But those were existing circuits. Bieles is completely new. It is a substantial difference, I think.”
Click through to read more at Het Laatste Nieuws.