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by Mark Zalewski
February 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: De Boer wins in Hoogstraten, Cant retains Superprestige lead; Van der Poel wins Hoogstraten and extends Superprestige lead; Maud Kaptheijns surprises in a muddy Krawatencross Lille; Van der Poel beats van Aert in Krawatencross; UCI issues new guidelines to boost safety in the race convoy; Van aert not troubled by double runner-up weekend; Accusations of motor doping by van Aert renewed after Krawatencross; Ethiopia approves prison sentences for doping; 32nd Ride the Rockies route announced; Wiggins eyeing acting after reality TV?; Backstage Pass – Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stage 4; Driver attempts to strike cyclist who also happens to be a cop; MacAskill barely clears head of comedian Jack Whitehall.
Dutch cyclocross racer Maud Kaptheijns (Team Steylaerts) surprised everyone, including herself, in Lille on Saturday, beating world champion Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) and Laura Verdonschot (Marlux-Napoleon Games) for her first victory of the season.
“This still needs to sink in because I didn’t expect it, and certainly not here in Lille,” she told Sporza.
Kaptheijns had ridden a strong race, staying near the front end until the final laps when she was dropped by Cant and Verdonschot. However, she slowly worked her way back to the leading pair by the end of the lap and jumped the two who were thinking it was going to be a two-up sprint.
“I expected Laura to start the sprint but she waited a bit and I felt it was too early to go. Maud seized her moment and powered away with a lot of speed. I wasn’t aware she was that close behind us. She had a gap of 20 metres and that was too much to close back down,” Cant told Sporza.
The race was the final of the DVV Trophy, a cumulative time-based series, and with series leader Thalita de Jong out for the season, the newly crowned world champion Sanne Cant easily took the overall victory.