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by Mark Zalewski
December 7, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Marianne Vos to return to cyclocross this month; Paralympian Michael Gallagher opens up about his EPO doping: ‘It’s a good thing I got caught’; Future of TJ Sport team uncertain; Doctor presents controversial article on dehydration and climbing power; Niels Albert on van Aert form and a Nys comeback; Tom Van Asbroeck to Cannondale-Drapac; Jason Lowndes signs for Cycling Academy Team; More speculation about 2017 Vuelta route; Louis Vuitton buys Pinarello; JLT–Condor unveils 2017 kit; State of Matter MAAP Racing to fold; Italy’s Strava king, son of doping doctor, trying to turn pro at 38; Cyclist killed by truck ruled accidental due to use of headphones; Jens Keukeleire unique off-season training; Beach racing in Belgium.
Rabo-Liv today announced that seven-time former world cyclocross champion Marianne Vos will be making her return to the dirt on December 17th at Scheldecross in Belgium.
Vos has been absent from the cyclocross scene since December 2014 due to a series of injuries. She made her return to the road this March and rode a full season with her Rabo-Liv team, which saw her back to the top of the podium at the Pajot Hills Classic, Tour of California and the Aviva Ladies Tour.
She also was an invaluable team player for the Dutch national team in 2016, helping Anna van der Breggen win Olympic gold in Rio and Kirsten Wild take second at the UCI road world championships in Qatar in October. In February Vos told Ella CyclingTips that she would limit her cyclocross season but that she has no intention of giving it up all together.
“I do enjoy it very much and would like to continue combining a cross with a road season. I think it can be a very strong combination if balanced properly as I have done in the past,” Vos told Ella CyclingTips.
“I like the duel [of cycloross.] Barring any mechanicals, it’s even more honest. It comes down to the individual and the searching of the right gear, the right line, the right tactics and you’re going full gas from start to finish.”
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