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by Mark Zalewski
January 18, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kirsten Wild wins scorching Santos Women’s Tour finale, Amanda Spratt keeps firm GC hold; Caleb Ewan scorches to victory as extreme heat shortens Tour Down Under stage 1; La Méditerranéenne cancelled; Laura Kenny likely out for track World Championships; Loes Sels asks Belgian coach to only consider her results for worlds selection; CyclingTips Podcast, Episode 22: Changing lives in the off-season with Team Novo Nordisk; Owain Doull suffers appendicitis at Tour Down Under; Aevolo Cycling announces roster, sponsors; Christoph Strasser sets new world record for cycling across Australia; Guinness World Records verifies longest distance ridden by a woman; Video: Men’s Santos Tour Down Under, stage 1 highlights; Crash compilation from Fiuggi World Cup races; Mathieu van der Poel trains in Spain; Bike thief caught in the act on bike camera.
Belgian cyclocross coach Rudy De Bie is taking heat for comments he made regarding the selection for the World Championships, specifically about Loes Sels, who is an elite racer that self-funds her racing while balancing work and family. In addition, De Bie questioned why he should have to fill all of the available slots on the women’s team.
Loes Sels pictured during the 2016 UCI World Championships in Zolder.
“I’m am ready to defend any choice,” he said. “But take Loes Sels, mother of two and hobby cyclocrosser. Should it be that the federation sponsors her hobby? That question can answer itself. Oh, there will be comments, I realize that already.” Sels responded in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad, asking that her results be the only metric that decide whether or not she is chosen for the team.
“I train hard, I live for cyclocross and perform. I’m usually in contention, often just behind or ahead of Jolien Verschueren. Earlier this season I traveled for 10 days to the United States for the World Cup races. That cost me and my partner 4,000 euros. With that money we could have done something else. But I take my sport seriously and therefore wanted to be there. And I also want to get results.
“Before the [worlds] selection I only want my performance as a rider considered. Not my family life, or the fact that I was supposed to do this as a hobby. I want a fair selection. If they decide that I am not good enough, I’ll be disappointed, but then that will be that. Three years ago I was a mother of two and seventh at the World Championships in Hoogerheide. Then, there was apparently no problem. Last year in Zolder I was fighting for seventh place when I crashed three laps from the finish.”
Though her best World Cup result was 12th in Las Vegas, she recently finished fourth in the Belgian championship and is currently ranked as the fifth-best Belgian in the UCI rankings at 21st.
Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.