Your Tuesday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

November 8, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Mareczko doubles wins at Tour of Taihu Lake; Van der Poel and De Boer dominate at Ruddervoorde; Nathan Haas on nerve damage, backing Cavendish and tussling with Sagan; Rubén Fernández extends with Movistar; Many riders still looking for contracts; Aaron Timmer Brown, liable for Kimmage Fund money, resurfaces; UCI and EUC heads push European Union to promote cycling infrastructure; Drama surrounding Portsmouth Tour de France bid; Alé Cipollini Galassia presents 2017 team; UCI Track World Cup highlights; Keagan Girdlestone continues road to recovery with first coffee shop ride.

Van der Poel and De Boer dominate at Ruddervoorde

by CyclingTips

The Ruddervoorde round of the Superprestige series saw Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank – Corendon) take his third straight win in the series ahead of World Champ Wout Van Aert (Crelan – Vastgoedservice), while Sophie de Boer (Kalas – NNOF) won the women’s race by more than a minute over runner-up Sanne Cant (Enertherm – BKCP).

De Boer had a double-digit lead only three laps into the race, and proceeded to extend her advtange each subsequent lap with a sand pit playing a role in thinning the field. Cant nearly gave up her second place with a fall, allowing Ellen Van Loy (Telenet – Fidea) to pass her. But Cant remained calm and made a pass on the final lap to reclaim second place, with Van Loy settling for third.

While the men’s race was a slightly closer affair, with van der Poel and Van Aert going head-to-head for much of the race, the Dutch champion pulled ahead in the final two laps, made worse by Van Aert suffering an ill-timed dropped chain.

The men’s podium was the same as the first two round of the series with Laurens Sweeck (Era – Circus) claiming third place.