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by Mark Zalewski
February 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: De Boer wins in Hoogstraten, Cant retains Superprestige lead; Van der Poel wins Hoogstraten and extends Superprestige lead; Maud Kaptheijns surprises in a muddy Krawatencross Lille; Van der Poel beats van Aert in Krawatencross; UCI issues new guidelines to boost safety in the race convoy; Van aert not troubled by double runner-up weekend; Accusations of motor doping by van Aert renewed after Krawatencross; Ethiopia approves prison sentences for doping; 32nd Ride the Rockies route announced; Wiggins eyeing acting after reality TV?; Backstage Pass – Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stage 4; Driver attempts to strike cyclist who also happens to be a cop; MacAskill barely clears head of comedian Jack Whitehall.
World champion Wout van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) did not have his best weekend of racing, losing to rival Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) twice — once in a sprint and once after making a mistake at a critical point in the race.
“Is it frustrating? No, there have been many other weekends this year,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “This was the weekend of the annoying turns and Mathieu is just better at it. I had forgotten how bad I take those turns. Additionally, at Hoogstraten I chose to not jump the barriers. That’s my choice. It will be a point of training for next season, as are the turns.”
Van Aert also failed to win last weekend in Maldegem, the week after extending his time in the rainbow stripes by another year.
He said he is not deaf to the rumbling in the media about his recent results, in particular after some thought he won the world championship due to having better luck in terms of not puncturing in the race as van der Poel did. The media focused on his unique tire choice for some time after the race.
“I’m not an undeserved world champion. I regret that last week’s huge focus was on the choice of tires and punctures. We could have painted the tires black and nobody would have said anything. But if you take the effort to look at the lap times of last week, you will see that my last two laps were quicker than the fastest lap of Mathieu.
“Do all those stories detract from my title? I do not care much. I currently wear the [rainbow] jersey and for me that’s all that matters.”
Click through to read more at Het Nieuwsblad.