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by Mark Zalewski
February 13, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Felline wins Trofeo Laigueglia; Valverde solos to fifth win at Vuelta a Murcia; Cort Nielsen wins Clasica de Almeria; Van der Poel, Cant take final Superprestige round in Middelkerke and overall titles; Cant, van der Poel win at Holly Cross Fortress; Janse van Rensburg, Dalton win South African road titles; Klaas Vantornout says team is terminating his contract early; 2018 Tour de France Grand Départ confirmed for Vendee; Science of Cycling – The Echelon: How To Deal With a Crosswind; Van der Poel pulls wheelie celebration during final lap in Middelkerke; 10 crazy wall rides.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Sanne Cante (Enertherm-Beobank) both won the final round of the hansgrohe Superprestige series in Middelkerke, and with it the overall titles of the series.
“Before the race I said you have to race your own pace and if you are good, the differences will naturally occur,” said van der Poel. “This is very important, it is nice to have… to win this series. Eight out of eight would have been very nice, but I’m very happy winning seven and the final two. ”
“Better to be second than nowhere,” said Wout van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan). “Mathieu was better and in the second half it was up to me. I knew it would be very difficult and I am glad to be second in the overall. It’s mentally hard to keep training since the world championship.”
In the women’s race Ellen Van Loy (Telenet Fidea) took her customary fast start, followed by Cant and Sophie de Boer (Breepark). Cant and de Boer eventually distanced themselves from the rest and dueled on the slippery course, until Cant attacked on the final lap to take her first win as world champion.
Though de Boer finished tied with Van Loy for second in the overall with 100 points each, de Boer takes second overall based on overall finishes in the series.