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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.
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.