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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.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) took the win at the DVV Trophy’s final race, Krawatencross Lille, in a sprint ahead of world champ Wout van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) and Tom Meeusen (Telenet Fidea Lions).
“This is the best way to win,” van der Poel told Sporza after the race. “It was really a duel on the cutting edge. When Van Aert slid I had to really adjust to stay straight, but I knew it would happen there. It was very narrow, but I still had a second point in mind where I could make a move and I did.”
“I almost crashed because I rode a line where no one else rode,” said van Aert about the moment where he took the lead.
“Then I was okay in the lead, but later in those turns [van der Poel] lulled me to sleep. Those corners are so sharp. If you’re not right on someone’s wheel, the leader is always benefiting. I wasn’t in front and then made a mistake. That’s my fault. It’s the first time this year that it went to a sprint.”
“That almost-crash between Van Aert and van der Poel was to my disadvantage,” said Meeusen. “As a result the group reconnected behind me for the sprint. “They were better, but my podium was deserved.”