Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 12, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko wins a third stage of Tour of Taihu Lake; Aerts, Cant win at Jaarmarktcross; Contador: ‘If I win the Tour I will retire’; Wiggle High5 adds five for 2017; Cancellara unveils autobiography, talks about future plans; Ireland’s first indoor velodrome in doubt; 24-hour world time trial championships; Marianne Vos visits Western Australia; Spinning goes to the big screen; Daniel Oss: Just Ride #3; The Book of Cross, chapter 4.

Aerts, Cant win at Jaarmarktcross

by CyclingTips

European champion Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) and Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) took out wins at the Jaarmarktcross race on Friday in Niel. The wet conditions made for a muddy course and busy pit crews. As well, the race featured an unusual feature in the ‘spiral of doom,’ something American fans might be more familiar with.

Aerts benefitted from the absence of the power duo of world champ Wout van Aert and Dutch champ Mathieu Van der Poel. The Telenet Fidea team showed strength in numbers as Jim Aernouts hit out early with Aerts eventually chasing him down and riding away.

While Aerts crashed on the final lap in the muddy conditions, he had built enough of a cushion to keep ahead of Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) and Corne Van Kessel (Telenet Fidea Lions), who battled each other for second, with Pauwels pulling away in the end.

In the women’s race Sane Cant dominated the field, pulling away on the third lap and establishing an insurmountable lead.

Ellen Van Loy (Telenet Fidea Lions) had set an early fast pace, of which only Cant was able to remain on her wheel. Van Loy’s teammate Jolien Verschueren, who recently won the Koppenbergcross, had a rough start with a crash, and continued to find trouble with all the muddy off-camber sections. However, she was able to make-up the deficits on the running sections throughout the race to at least catch Van Loy to take the second step.