Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

May 26, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Garderen ends Grand Tour drought with Giro stage win; Van der Poel tastes success on the road with Belgium Tour stage win; Canola makes it a hat trick in Japan; Dumoulin critical of rivals on Giro stage, ‘I hope they lose the podium’; Van der Poel to race Albstadt World Cup Sunday; Dries De Bondt kicked out of Belgium Tour for riding on footpath; Planckaert has surgery for broken collarbone after Belgium Tour crash; Tour of Utah announces 2017 stages; Video: Van Garderen post-stage interview; Teaser: UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup; Video: ORICA-Scott pre-Giro, stage 18; Video: Duel on Hellfire Pass; Philippe Gilbert stops for mid-stage photoshoot at the Belgium Tour.

Van der Poel tastes success on the road with Belgium Tour stage win

by Mark Zalewski

Cyclocross champion Mathieu Van der Poel (Beobank – Corendon) won an impressive sprint on the second stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour, beating Belgian champion Philippe Gilbert (Quick-Step Floors) and rival cyclocrosser Wout van Aert (Veranda’s Willems Crelan).

“When we rode away with 13 I knew that group would make it to the end,” Van der Poel told Sporza. “I said five kilometers from the finish I had good legs. It was my luck that van Aert went into the sprint. So I was actually launched perfectly and I knew I could hold off Gilbert.”

At 3km to go the large breakaway group still had 25 seconds on the peloton, which had mixed interest in closing the gap with big names and teams represented, inlcuding Gilbert, Tony Martin (Katusha-Alpecin), Tiesj Benoot (Lotto-Soudal) and Cofidis’ Florian Sénéchal.

Into the finale it was van Aert leading out the sprint and Van der Poel timed his move perfectly, using his rival’s slipstream to slingshot him to the win.

The result by both cyclocross stars effectively threw gasoline onto the fire of speculation if they will make the jump to the road full-time. However, Van der Poel was quick to temper that idea. “I cannot do too much. The danger of training or doing too much lurks around the corner. Luckily I have a good team around me to restrain me, and my father in the first place.”

Stage 2: Knokke-Heist > Moorslede - Stage Result

Thursday 25th May 2017

1. nl
Beobank - Corendon
2. be
GILBERT Philippe
Quick-Step Floors
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Vérandas Willems-Crelan