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by Matt de Neef
November 13, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jai Hindley takes overall honours at the Tour of Fuzhou; Van Aert and Van Looy win at Superprestige Gavere; Brown, Champtaloup win at the Tour of Margaret River; Gianni Moscon breaks wrist in gym accident; Dirt roads return to Gent-Wevelgem in 2018; Dani Moreno to join EF Education First-Drapac; Former mechanic defends Cancellara against motor doping claims; 60-year-old cops doping ban, blames wife for spiking drink; Luke Rowe’s road to recovery; Highlights from the Urban Cycling World Championships.
Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) and Ellen van Loy (Telenet Fidea) have emerged victorious from the fifth round of the Superprestige cyclocross series in Gavere, Belgium.
Newly minted European champion Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) started the men’s race as the big favourite, having won three of the four Superprestige events this season so far. As he has done most times he’s pinned on a number this year, the Dutchman rode away from his rivals and had a big lead coming into the final lap. But on that last lap, van der Poel suffered a mechanical and was forced to stop. Van Aert was the the first to pass, the Belgian going on to win ahead of Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea) while Van der Poel was able to rally for third.
“At first I had a puncture and then I had a mechanical,” van der Poel said afterwards. “So I saw a certain victory disappear. In the ditch I made a mistake and got a real blow just under my knee. When I stood there with my broken bike, I knew immediately that the victory was going to disappear. Certainly when Van Aert rode past. Ialways stayed calm — you do not have to worry about it.”
Meanwhile, Ellen van Loy won the elite women’s race in a two-up sprint against Nikki Brammeier (Boels-Dolmans). Van Loy took the holeshot and kept the lead for much of the opening lap. In muddy conditions, van Loy and Brammeier led a group of seven leaders that was eventually whittled down to just two by the closing lap.
“I am very happy with this victory,” van Loy said. “Nikki Brammeier tried to shake me several times, but I kept standing because I could always keep her as a target. And then that last straight came. I knew that I had to sit there, I turned the bend nicely and then gave everything. I won’t forget this win.”