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by Mark Zalewski
December 30, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert extends series lead with Azencross win; Sanne Cant wins Azencross; Frustrations as no proof of innocence given to parliament in Wiggins case; Syncing with Sagan: Sam Bennett looks ahead to 2017; Van der Poel okay after hard crash; Stybar makes return to cyclocross in Azencross; More questions arise from Tour of Qatar cancellation; Family of fallen cyclist calls for safer roads; Jens Voigt to ‘Everest’ Berlin Teufelsberg hill for charity; Video: Best of 2016 by bike; Ride along with Wout van Aert.
Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-Beobank) won the Azencross Loenhout in Antwerp for the third time in her career ahead of the Rabo Liv pair of Marianne Vos and current world champ Thalita De Jong. This is Cant’s fourth win in a row in the IJsboerke Ladies Trophy.
“This was not really a course to ride alone, but I’m glad I showed today that I could force a win,” said Cant. “I proved that it need not be a tactical fight for me.”
De Jong still holds the overall lead in the series, something that Cant did not think about as much as simply taking the victory. “I’m not focused on that at the moment. I’m especially pleased that I could win here today, that’s much more important than that ranking.”
An early mechanical for De Jong put her on the back foot, and then it became about limiting losses in the overall series which is based on time.
“I lost a lot of time and then I could not do more than limit the damage,” said De Jong. “I lost here today twenty big seconds, which can count. There are two rounds left, so anything is still possible. Hopefully we get a hard race in Baal where I can fully utilize my strength.”