Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 31, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert outsprints Sweeck for Bredene win; De Jong back on top at Bredene; Mathieu van der Poel unlikely to race GP Sven Nys; Nicole Cooke: British Cycling has many questions to answer; Gianni Meersman forced to retire due to cardiac arrhythmia; New kit design, bike sponsor for UnitedHealthcare; Oldest Tour de France winner dies; Video: Gold Coast Hinterland; Happy new year!

De Jong back on top at Bredene

by Mark Zalewski

World champion Thalita De Jong (Rabo Liv) finished her return from a hard crash at the Namur World Cup, taking the top step of the podium in Bredene two days after a third place at Azencross ahead of Ellen Van Loy (Telenet Fidea Lions).

“The course includes many turns here so you always have to twist and turn,” said De Jong. “During the reconnaissance the course was the hard and frozen, but once we started the temperature warmed and we had to watch out in the turns because they became slippery.

“I wanted to immediately make the race hard. That’s what I did with Ellen Van Loy, Alicia Franck and Elle Anderson. But soon those last two there were off leaving me with Ellen Van Loy as a perfect companion in the attack.

“Two laps to go I [attacked] Van Loy. I was able to hold a high pace for a long time so I could finish the race with a victory.”

Jolien Verschueren (Telenet Fidea Lions) had to fight back from a bad start, but was able to pass Alicia Franck and hold her off in the final lap to take third.