VeloClub is CyclingTips’ membership program which brings us closer to our members, and connects likeminded cycling enthusiasts.
by Mark Zalewski
January 17, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Chloe Hosking jumps up to top step of podium in hilly stage 3 of Santos Women’s Tour; Tour Down Under GC battle looms at Paracombe: ‘One of the hardest stages the TDU has seen’; Fractured clavicle ends Toon Aerts’ season; Riders react to Italian World Cup course; Wout van Aert shifts focus to world championship questionable for Hoogerheide; Fight for Giro d’Italia wildcard invite to be fierce; Pinarello responds to claims of intellectual property infringement; Vanmarcke reveals spring Classics programme; Devriendt has knee surgery; Video: 2017 Cylance Pro Cycling; The Road Less Traveled – Why do you ride gravel?; Steven Ceballos Urbano de Manizales jump.
The rules for the UCI World Cup race in Hoogerheide only permit riders in the top 50 spots to get a start. But the team selection announced today included him and Lars van der Haar, who recently returned from an injury he battled for key parts of the season.
Marianne Vos wins the 2017 Dutch National Cyclocross Championships.
“We have again our strongest possible selections with odds on Mathieu van der Poel for the men’s race and several contenders for victory in the women’s,” said head coach Gerben de Knegt.
“I hope that our riders gain confidence in Hoogerheide with a view to the World Championships a week later. Both tracks are tricky, though it also depends a lot on the weather that day.”
De Knegt said that the team selection was more than about rankings, particularly in the case of Annemarie Worst, who rode to an impressive fourth place at Sunday’s World Cup race in Italy. But as a U23 rider she currently ranks only 99th.
“For the women the push for starting spots is tough. In Hoogerheide the UCI requires riders be in the top 50, which would lead to the deletion of Annemarie Worst from the selection. That would be miserable for her after her fourth place yesterday, but those are the rules of the international federation. For the World Championship selections I’ve been kind in my head, but there are also athletes who need to start Sunday. ”
There were not many surprises with other selections, such as the now winner of the World Cup series Sophie de Boer and current World Champion Thalita de Jong. Corne van Kessel is also no surprise as he currently ranks ninth in the world.