CX World Cup round 5, Calls for Froome to race Giro: Your Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

November 27, 2017

In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant win round 5 of the CX World Cup; Van der Poel and Cant win at Flandriencross; Eddy Merckx, Fabio Aru want Chris Froome to ride the Giro d’Italia in 2018; Yoann Offredo fined 700 Euros for April altercation; Carlee Taylor to finish international career with Holden Women’s Racing; Chris Boardman: Compulsory helmet laws won’t make riding safer; BMW keen for elevated cycling paths.

Van Aert and Cant win round 5 of the CX World Cup

by Matt de Neef

It was a day for the world champions on Saturday with Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) and Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm-Beobank) winning round 5 of the Cyclocross World Cup in Zeven, Germany.

Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) had won the first four rounds of this World Cup season but suffered a dropped chain on the second lap of Saturday’s race. Some 16 riders passed the Dutchman before he was able to get going again and by that stage the deficit was large enough that he wouldn’t be able to come back. However, he did manage to work his way back to second place — the position he’d finish in behind his close rival van Aert.

“It’s always fun to win,” said van Aert. “I had a good day and the course was perfectly suited for me. I’m glad to head back home with a win.”

In the elite women’s race, Sanne Cant used the muddy course’s more technical sections to build a slim lead over her rivals. Cant, Helen Wyman (Kona Factory Team) and Katie Compton (KFC Racing) emerged as the strongest riders in the race but it was Cant who rode clear on the penultimate lap to take her third win in five World Cup rounds.

“I was having a good time on this course. I felt quite good,” Cant said. “I tried to do my own thing on this course without looking too much what the others did. One had to juggle between running and riding the mud. I noticed that the others rode much longer while I felt quite comfortable when running. Apparently, my choice turned out not to be too bad.”