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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.
Former two-time world champion cyclocross racer and coach of current world champion Wout van Aert, Niels Albert, wrote in his column for Het Laatste Nieuws about the recent form questions of Wout van Aert, and that he thinks retired champion Sven Nys might make a comeback at his namesake race on New Year’s Day.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Wout van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) pictured during the Cyclocross of Gieten.
“Why Van Aert in the past for four weeks has only finished second? Simply because he ran into an outstanding Mathieu van der Poel. A Van der Poel who by the way is still in top form. We have seen again Sunday in Mol. But nothing was wrong with the condition of Wout.”
“The fact is that Van der Poel and Van Aert, just as two months ago, are towering above the rest. The form on the day and the course will always be important.
“Though I expect a major competitor in Baal on January 1st … I think Sven that day is going to make a comeback and will cause a surprise.”
Nys recently made headlines competing at the irreverent unsanctioned single speed cyclocross world championships in Portland, finishing second to five-time winner Adam Craig. However, Albert left himself an out on his last point. “And oh yeah … May I conclude this column for once with a wink?”
Click through to read more at Het Laatste Nieuws.