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by Mark Zalewski
January 25, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Gaviria wins San Juan opener in confusing finish with peloton misdirected; Nicole Cooke critical of British Cycling and UK Anti Doping, questions Team Sky; Behind closed doors at the Tour Down Under with Katusha-Alpecin; Pauwels and van der Poel post doping control forms on social media; Nizzolo nursing knee injury, delays season start; Costs for 2015 Grand Depart city of Utrecht rise again, shortfall nearly 600,000 euros; Irish team for CX nationals after all?; Bart Wellens rides the World Championship course; Dutch sprinter Laurine van Riessen joins Matrix Pro Cycling; Montana lawmaker drafts bill to ban cycling on rural roads; 12th Brompton World Championship announced; CyclingTips to livestream Race Melbourne, the Cadel’s Race curtain-raiser criterium; Motorcyclist, driving in bike lane, meets karma.
Two-time world champion Bart Wellens rode a preview of the course for this weekend’s cyclocross World Championship in Luxembourg and says the weather will be the biggest factor in who will be the favourite.
“The difference between snow or thawed [ground] is immense,” he told Het Nieuwsblad.
“If the snow remains you get a fast course with lots of swift and treacherous ice patches. If it would thaw there will still be a thin layer of ice on the track and the sliding makes it harder. The choice of tyres is then even more important. Because in some places more than likely there will be a little mud.
“As it is presently [with snow] it more is in favour of Mathieu van der Poel. If it would thaw that tilts the advantage lsightly across to Wout van Aert. Such changing weather conditions typical of a World Championship. The track is changing every day.”
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