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by Matt de Neef
January 30, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Wout van Aert wins his second World Cyclocross Championship; Sanne Cant crowned World CX Champion – “It’s the most beautiful day of my life!”; Nikias Arndt wins men’s Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race; Annemiek van Vleuten victorious in women’s Cadel’s Race; Bauke Mollema wins the Vuelta a San Juan, Maximiliano Richeze claims the last two stages; Dan McLay wins Trofeo Palma but is hospitalised following post-race crash; Philadelphia Cycling Classic cancelled for 2017; Alexis Vuillermoz injured in a car crash; How not to pull off after doing a turn at the front; Highlights from the VTWO/CyclingTips Carpark Climb at the Tour Down Under.
At first, it was a familiar sight: seven-time former world champion Marianne Vos in orange leading the elite women’s field at yet another World Cyclocross Championships. But neither the highly technical course and conditions nor her competition were going to let her run off with an eighth win.
In the end, the much anticipated battle between the Dutch and the Belgians played out in Sanne Cant’s favour, with Cant becoming the first Belgian woman to win a UCI Cyclocross World Championships.
“I made history today,” said Cant post race. “It was a very hard final. I can’t believe that the jersey is mine for a whole year. I have dreamt of it since I was six years old. That’s 20 years ago. I really can’t believe I beat Marianne Vos. She’s a seven-time world champion, she is a legend. It’s the most beautiful day of my life.”
Vos opened a small gap and finished the first lap solo but Sanne Cant caught up, before being joined by Dutchwoman Lucinda Brand and Czech rider Katerina Nash. Brand and Nash both crashed, falling off the pace, and while Cant crashed as well, she was able to stay within reach.
Tthe key moment came on the most treacherous feature on the course –the off-camber, icy descent that claimed so many riders throughout the race. Vos went first, descending cleanly. Cant followed. Cant then took her chance, passing Vos so she’d be the first up the final run-up and around the final corner unto the finishing stretch pavement.
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