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by Matt de Neef
November 14, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Leonardo Duque wins the Tour of Taihu Lake; Van der Poel, Cant win at Superprestige Gavere; Belgian velodrome packed out to farewell Fabian Cancellara; Pauline Ferrand-Prevot to continue mixing road and MTB in 2017; Matteo Tosatto’s career in the balance after Trek-Segafredo lead goes cold; World’s first backflip-manual-frontflip; The Man Ride documentary.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank–Corendon) continues to dominate cyclocross’ Superprestige series, winning his fourth such event in a row at Gavere, Belgium on Sunday.
Van der Poel moved into the lead early on the second lap as world champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan–Vastgoedservice) and Tom Meeusen (Telenet-Fidea) set off in pursuit. Despite having to stop briefly to fix an issue with his chain, Van der Poel had enough of a lead that he was able to hold on and win the race by 1:02. Van Aert was second behind Van der Poel at a Superprestige event for the fourth time in a row while Toon Aerts (Telenet–Fidea) rounded out the podium.
In the elite women’s race Sanne Cant (Enertherm-Beobank) won at Gavere for the fourth time in a row, also her third Superprestige win of the season. It was a much-closer-fought battle than the men’s race, with Cant taking victory by just six seconds ahead of Jolien Verschueren (Young Telenet-Fidea), while Luxembourg champion Christine Majerus (Boels-Dolmans) was third, another 21 seconds back.
“I’m super happy I can win for the fourth time in a row,” Cant told Sporza. “There’s not too many who can say that. It was very hard. On technique you had to find your way to keep riding. It was extremely hard. You try not to think too much. I rode at my own pace and it turned out to be just enough. I’ve got a good bonus in the series.”