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by Matt de Neef
November 20, 2017
In today’s edition of the Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant victorious in round 4 of the CX World Cup; Getting TUEs was a legitimate competitive tactic – Shane Sutton; Nibali and Gaviria expected to headline 2018 Tour of San Juan; Jakob Fuglsang to target the Tour in 2018; Louis Meintjes to switch focus to the Giro d’Italia in 2018; French Army team to fold; 1000 bikes discovered in California bunker; Brawl erupts on Melbourne train over bikes.
It was a day for the European champions at the fourth round of the UCI Cyclocross World Cup with Sanne Cant and Mathieu van der Poel emerging victorious in Bogense, Denmark on Sunday.
In what was a preview of the 2019 Cyclocross World Championships, the riders faced a muddy course with steep, short hills. In the elite women’s race, Sanne Cant got the holeshot then opened a small gap as the laps ticked away. A late chain slip late in the race allowed Helen Wyman to catch up, but Cant soon regained contact before powering away to victory.
In the elite men’s race, van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) continued his unbeaten streak in this season’s World Cup series, soloing to yet another victory. Van der Poel had Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea Lions) and Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Charles) in close proximity for much of the race but on lap five of nine, Aerts went for a bike change allowing van der Poel to open a gap that wouldn’t be closed. The Dutchman soloed the remaining five laps into the finish.
Race five in the nine-round CX World Cup will be held on November 25 in Zeven, Germany.