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by Mark Zalewski
February 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: De Boer wins in Hoogstraten, Cant retains Superprestige lead; Van der Poel wins Hoogstraten and extends Superprestige lead; Maud Kaptheijns surprises in a muddy Krawatencross Lille; Van der Poel beats van Aert in Krawatencross; UCI issues new guidelines to boost safety in the race convoy; Van aert not troubled by double runner-up weekend; Accusations of motor doping by van Aert renewed after Krawatencross; Ethiopia approves prison sentences for doping; 32nd Ride the Rockies route announced; Wiggins eyeing acting after reality TV?; Backstage Pass – Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stage 4; Driver attempts to strike cyclist who also happens to be a cop; MacAskill barely clears head of comedian Jack Whitehall.
The penultimate round of the hansgrohe Superprestige cyclocross series went to Sophie de Boer (BreePark) ahead of Helen Wyman (Kona) and Ellen Van Loy (Telenet Fidea Lions).
“Yesterday at Lille I was all right, but I ruined it for myself by crashing in the final lap,” said de Boer. “Therefore I was even more driven to go for the win here. With the mud I got a dream parcours. You need fewer bursts of power but more constant power and that suits me a lot better.”
World champion and series leader Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) had a tough weekend suffering from illness, but did her best to limit the damage with one more race in the series left next weekend in Middelkerke.
“It was s definitely not fun to race that round, especially in the rainbow jersey,” said Cant. “In healthy condition I would have had undoubtedly competed here for the win. The coming week will be dominated by getting healthy for next Saturday in Middelkerke. I really still want to win the Superprestige.”
The overall is still up in the air as the final two rounds feature double points. Cant leads Van Loy by 14 points, and de Boer by 25. A win is worth 30 points.