Your Monday Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

December 12, 2016

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant victorious at Essen CX meet; BMC confirms its 2017 roster; Astana reveals its final roster for the 2017 season; Bardet’s Giro plans on hold, will again race the Tour in 2017; Nathan Haas on learning from Edvald Boasson-Hagen; Sean Lake targeting Australian Road Nationals time trial; Parcours revealed for 2017 Tour de Romandie; David Rebellin signs with Continental team; Ag2r-La Mondiale trainee killed while hiking; How wildcard places were awarded in WorldTour races in 2016.

Van Aert and Cant victorious at Essen CX meet

by CyclingTips

World champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) and Belgian champion Sanne Cant (Enertherm-BKCP) have emerged victorious from the elite cyclocross races in Essen, Belgium over the weekend, with Van Aert winning round 4 of the DVV Trophy, and Cant taking out round 4 of the IJsboerke Ladies Trophy.

In the men’s race, Van Aert attacked on the second of 11 laps, getting clear of his rivals and riding away to a solo victory. Kevin Pauwels (Marlux-Napoleon Games) was second, 18 seconds down, while Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Lions) was third, another 20 seconds back. Mathieu Van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) suffered a mechanical and finished well down the standings.

“It doesn’t matter much to me if it wasn’t an exciting race. It was exciting enough for me to defend a small bonus over Pauwels,” Van Aert said of his lead in the time-based classification in the DVV Trophy. “Anyway, my legs seem to improve after taking flights (to Spain). Maybe I should do it more often. I seem to benefit from the rest at the training camp.”

The women’s race was a considerably closer affair with Sanne Cant beating Sophie de Boer (Kalas-NNOF) in a sprint finish. World champion Thalita de Jong (Rabo-Liv) was third, just one second behind the lead pair.

“It was super fast today and it was a tactical race; the pace often dropped. It was a matter of taking the final steps in first place,” Cant told Sporza. “Experience? Maybe, I’ve been in similar situations in the past and when you’ve got something left in your tank it’s possible to think tactically.”

Click through to read more at Cyclingnews about the men’s and women’s races.