In today’s Daily News Digest: Sagan opens season with win at People’s Choice Classic; Spratt takes Santos Women’s Tour GC, Hosking wins final stage; Van der Poel, Van Aert defend respective national CX titles; Cant, Brand, Ferrand-Prevot take national CX titles; Hyde defends US national cyclocross title after duel with Powers; Compton holds off Noble to take 14th consecutive national CX title; 2018 Vuelta a España route details announced; Sky debutant Halvorsen out for TDU after fracture in People’s Choice crash; Kask unveils Utopia, its most aerodynamic road helmet.
Daily News Digest: Sagan returns to winning ways; CX nationals round up
World cyclocross champion Sanne Cant (IKO-Beobank ) surprised no one with a ninth consecutive Belgian national title Sunday. For the fifth time in six years, Cant took the title finishing ahead of Ellen Van Loy (Telenet-Fidea). Loes Sels (Crelan-Charles) finished third.
“It was a course that was technically very demanding,” Cant told Sporza. “The sand was very deep, if you left the track, you were completely silent. I drove my own pace from the second lap, I suddenly had a hole and then I tried to keep my pace and as little as possible. make mistakes. My pace was high enough to drive a bit away, which allowed me to make a mistake, and I am very happy that as a world champion I can get the Belgian title here in Koksijde.”
— Belgian Cycling (@BELCycling) January 14, 2018
After leading from start to finish, Team Sunweb’s Lucinda Brand soloed to secure the Dutch national cyclocross championship in Surhuisterveen on Saturday. Maud Kaptheijns (Crelan-Charles), finished second, with Annemarie Worst (ERA-Circus) in third. Brand had a strong start; though she crashed on the first lap, her lead was such that she was able to maintain first place.
“I had expected a little bit more of a battle, but I had a really good feeling from the start,” Brand said. “I could directly take a gap and keep going to make it a little bit bigger throughout the race which gave me a lot of confidence that I could bring the title home. I’m super happy with the win and I’m looking forward to enjoying the victory.”
In France, former world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon-SRAM) took a third French national title, winning ahead of two-time defending champion, Caroline Mani. Mani nearly lost her silver medal to Marlène Petit in the last lap due to a puncture, but she took advantage of a technical mistake made by the 26-year-old Petit in the last corner to finish second.
— PFP (@FERRANDPREVOT) January 14, 2018