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by Mark Zalewski
February 8, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Bicycle Coalition hopes to save cancelled Philly Cycling Classic with petition; Abuse of power in women’s cycling, an all too familiar story: Bridie O’Donnell; Jolien Verschueren ends season early; Corné van Kessel extends for two years; 1956 Tour de France winner Roger Walkowiak dead at 89; Former Australian track athlete says ‘experimental surgeries’ left her scarred; Bicycles shown in six Super Bowl advertisements; Teaser video for UCI Para-cycling Track World Championships; Peter Sagan training for the win; Video: Underwater spinning.
Though the cyclocross season is winding down, there are still big races left, in particular the final round of the hansgrohe Superprestige series. However, for Telenet Fidea’s Jolien Verschueren those races will not have her on the start line. The Belgian crashed three times at the Hoogstraten race of the Superprestige last weekend, resulting in an open wound on her knee and broken ribs — yet she still managed to finish 15th.
Verschueren’s season has had more downs than ups.
“On the first crash I hurt me knee,” she told Veldritkrant. “Then I estimated a corner wrong and slipped and crashed into a pole. Finally, I’m went over the top of the bars on a downhill. I did have pain in my knee and my back but I was especially pleased at the finish after what had happened.”
Currently ranked 16th in the world, she was off to a good start for the season, with multiple top finishes, including a win at Koppenbergcross. She also had two second place finishes in the Superprestige at Zonhoven and Gavere, putting her in the top ten overall heading into this weekend’s finale.
While the knee will heal doctors said the broken ribs run the risk of puncturing a lung. Team manager Sven Vanthourenhout subsequently advised her to end her season early.
“I can not believe she finished the race,” Vanthourenhout said. “Many riders would pull out but Jolien can take a lot of pain. And then you learn that she has a broken rib. A serious damper on a difficult season. The victory over the Koppenberg was the highlight its season. After a crash in Hasselt she had many problems with her back and she could never finish a race in ideal conditions.”
Click through to read more at Veldritkrant.