Your Thursday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

January 5, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Caleb Ewan claims second consecutive Australian criterium title; Jessica Allen wins Australian criterium title, opens account for Orica-Scott; US cyclocross nationals: Is this the year Hyde takes the title from Powers?; Alexander Kolobnev announces retirement; Nys recons Belgian championship course with team; UAE Abu Dhabi team; US cyclocross championship course providing a challenge; Video: Inside beach racing.

Nys recons Belgian championship course with team

by CyclingTips

Sven Nys joined his younger Telenet Fidea Lions riders on a recon the course for the Belgian national championships set for this weekend, saying that the massive flyover constructed for the event in order to include the beach along the North Sea will be a spectacle.

Zo vader zo zoon.

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“You can break it up into two rounds,” he told Sporza. “The first part is heavy — you’re driving into the sand. The wind has free play. There are many running parts and on the long straights you can, with good condition, make a difference.

“The second part is then technical. If it rains it becomes very slippery. It’s an interesting course and if the sun is replaced by bad weather it will certainly be spectacular with the steep bridge.”

While Nys is in agreement that Wout van Aert is the heavy favourite, he is not discounting his riders’ chances, especially Toon Aerts, who beat van Aert at his namesake race last Sunday. As for the controversy surrounding the course, Nys said he thinks that is now in the past.

“It is the Belgian Cycling Federation which is the boss of the track. I do not think the riders and teams are going to say anything. The course is as it is. Our riders are ready to perform as well as possible in all circumstances.”

Click through to read more at Sporza.