Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 31, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert outsprints Sweeck for Bredene win; De Jong back on top at Bredene; Mathieu van der Poel unlikely to race GP Sven Nys; Nicole Cooke: British Cycling has many questions to answer; Gianni Meersman forced to retire due to cardiac arrhythmia; New kit design, bike sponsor for UnitedHealthcare; Oldest Tour de France winner dies; Video: Gold Coast Hinterland; Happy new year!

Mathieu van der Poel unlikely to race GP Sven Nys

by CyclingTips

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) did not take the start Friday in Bredene and is unlikely to race the next round of the DVV verzekeringen trofee on New Year’s Day, the GP Sven Nys, as he recovers from a hard crash during the Azencross race on Thursday.

“Aerts attacked and I saw that Tom Meeusen dropped back. I did not want to let that happen,” Van der Poel said, describing the lead-up to the crash. “I wanted to pass Tom, but because I was so focused on that maneuver I did not realize I actually had too much speed. I landed on my front wheel and flew over my bike.”

“I fell on my face and was groggy,” he said. “I could not feel my face but I never lost consciousness. Now I mostly have pain in my neck and my nose.”

“A scan of the neck and neck revealed no fractures,” said the team’s manager. “That’s positive. Mathieu could quickly leave the hospital, with a soft headrest to support the injured neck.”

“It’s wait and see how the neck evolves in the coming days, but I certainly hope to race the Dutch Championship again for the win,” Van der Poel said.