Wellens takes Guangxi lead; Van der Poel solos in Koksijde: Daily News Digest

by Neal Rogers

October 23, 2017

Wellens wins Tour of Guangxi queen stage, takes overall lead; Canola makes history with back-to-back wins at Japan Cup races; Van der Poel solos to victory at Koksijde World Cup; Kaptheijns dominates women’s field at Koksijde to take first World Cup win; Wells and Welsford win Mitchelton Tour of Gippsland; Moped drove over Bakelants’ legs after 11 fractured bones at Lombardia; Tour de L’Ardeche winner Lucy Kennedy signs with Orica-Scott; Video: Tacks sprinkled across race course at Tour of Guangxi.

Kaptheijns dominates women’s field at Koksijde to take first World Cup win

by Neal Rogers

Maud Kaptheijns (Crelan-Charles) took the first World Cup win of her career Sunday in Koksijde, riding away from the elite women’s field to a dominant victory.

The 24-year-old Dutch rider has been on a tear over the past three weeks, winning two Telenet Superprestige races in October, but the Koksijde win was her biggest yet — her first elite World Cup podium.

Kaptheijns opened up her lead on the first lap, taking nine seconds from Sophie de Boer (Breepark), with Katie Keough (Cannondale-Cyclocrossworld.com) in third. World champion Sanne Cant (Beobank-Corendon) started slowly but made her through the bunch, while Keough, who finished second at the first two rounds of the World Cup, ultimately dropped off the pace and finished eighth.

Kaptheijns finished 52 seconds ahead of de Boer, who also rode most of the race alone, with Cant holding off Loes Sels (Crelan-Charles) to round out the podium. The Crelan rider moved into fourth in the World Cup standings behind Cant (210 points), de Boer (190), and Keough (186).

“In the sand sections I ride very well,” Kaptheijns said. “It was a hard race… [but] really nice.”