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by Matt de Neef
November 28, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Cant, van der Poel victorious in Zeven CX World Cup; Von Hoff, Garfoot win the Stan Siejka Classic; UCI rebuffs plans to reduce team sizes in big races; Lachlan Morton set to make his WorldTour return at the 2017 Tour Down Under; Peter Velits announces his retirement; UniSA-Australia to be the only wildcard team at the 2017 Tour Down Under; American Justin Oien completes Caja Rural-Seguros roster; Lizzie Williams on her battles with mental illness; A sneak-peek at Bahrain-Merida’s jersey for 2017; Michael Matthews set to appear on Slovak TV; Argy bargy in the Flandriencross.
Sanne Cant (Enertherm-Beobank) and Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) have emerged victorious from the fifth round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup in Zeven, Germany.
In the elite women’s race, Belgian champion Cant dropped Katie Compton (KFC Racing) on the final lap of the race to take her first World Cup win of the season by six seconds.
“In Belgium I often hear after a win that this or that rider is missing. Now they’re all here. I’m first on the UCI ranking and today I’ve proven to be worthy of that,” Cant said. “It was a treacherous course, with slippery corners. The sand section was cleaned which made it harder to ride through. In the final lap I didn’t ride it too well but I had a gap and tried to keep it until the finish.”
In the men’s race, van der Poel got off to a slow start but soon closed down an 18-second lead held by Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) before riding away to take victory by 21 seconds over Van Aert.
“I knew I had to close the gap as soon as possible because Wout was quite far,” van der Poel said. “Once I bridged up I knew I was stronger because it’s boosting the morale to have closed down such a gap. I quickly counter-attacked and straight away I had a big gap. It was fun.”