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by Mark Zalewski
December 28, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mathieu van der Poel talks about tough times at Heusden-Zolder; Michael Vanthournhout responds to Van der Poel start incident; Lars Boom makes successful return to World Cup cyclocross; Peter Stetina says he almost quit mid-season; LottoNL-Jumbo tweaks management roles; Floyd’s of Leadville to sponsor Tour of the Battenkill; Filming the final jump from ‘Danny MacAskill – Cascadia’; Meyers Grade Silent Descent.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) had a rough outing at the World Cup at Heusden-Zolder yesterday, saying multiple things went wrong, on top of simply not feeling his best before taking the start. He also said that someone drove into him the first turn, causing his shoe to break and forcing him to later change that shoe in the pit.
“I will not mention names, but I know who did it and I will remember it for sure,” van der Poel told Het Laatste Nieuws. “What I want to say? Nothing, nothing. The World Cup is important and it is certainly disappointing to be out of luck. It would be more difficult if I was winning. I was less fresh today, I did not feel 100%. I said it in advance, and it is different if you’re playing catch.”
Despite the bad start and shoe incident, van der Poel was still in the hunt for third going into the last lap. But a puncture ended any hope for the podium and he was scene walking part of the course late on the final lap.
“After the puncture in the final lap I was reluctant to finish. My third place was fairly well consolidated until then. At such a difficult and technical section it is useless to even try.”
He was asked if he is looking ahead to the next race for some sort of payback. “Revenge Loenhout? That’s saying a lot. Right now I will rest for a few days and then it’s a new chance to win.”
Click through to read more at Het Laatste Niews.