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Poels eyeing victory in Valencia, Valverde continues comeback: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

January 30, 2018

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Neff out of cyclo cross world championships

by Shane Stokes

World MTB XC champion Jolanda Neff is set to miss the upcoming cyclo-cross world championships due to injuries she suffered at the GP Adrie Van der Poel in Hoogerheide on Sunday. The Kross Racing Team rider fell when former world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon-SRAM) lost her front wheel on a muddy slope, with both crashing.

While Ferrand-Prevot was relatively unhurt, suffering only sore ribs, Neff said on Monday that she was facing up to a longer recovery. “I felt so good yesterday,” she wrote on Instagram. “I had such great fun racing @gpadrievdpoel in Hoogerheide, loved the event. Current situation: left collarbone broken, right ellbow broken, but worst is the broken heart… it hurts so much that I will miss World Champs next weekend… can’t even find the words… I felt so ready for this.

“Only good thing is that @paulineferrandprevot didn’t get injured, I’m so so glad. Hurting myself is one thing but I could never forgive myself to hurt someone else, so much respect for her and I just wish her to be fine. I’m having operation on my collarbone now but will probably miss the first round of MTB World Cup in South Africa as well as the Cape Epic… I will be back at the startline at WC Albstadt with my rainbow stripes. Thank you so much for all the warm messages, means so much right now. My cx season is over here…. I will be back stronger next winter!!!”

Prevot responded with an equally classy message, showing the good relations and mutual respect between both riders.

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