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by Matt de Neef
December 11, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van der Poel and Cant win in Essen; Van der Poel and Ferrand-Prevot win at Druivencross; Rafal Majka aiming for Tour de France top-five in 2018; Ilnur Zakarin eyeing off Tour podium; Geraint Thomas to consider other offers after 2018; Davide Rebellin to be racing at 50? “Why not? It’s possible”; Albert Timmer retires from pro cycling; Marcel Kittel allowed to wear Katusha kit for team presentation; Updated kit for Canyon-SRAM in 2018; Wiggins 21st in indoor rowing debut; Peter Sagan’s message to the people of California.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Sanne Cant (Beobank-Corendon) have continued their dominant cyclocross seasons, each emerging victorious at the latest round of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee in Essen, Belgium on Saturday.
In the men’s race, van der Poel was part of an elite leading trio with Tom Meeusen (Beobank-Corendon) and Toon Aerts (Telenet Fidea) by the end of the first lap. Meeusen had a fall in a deep section of mud on lap 2, before van der Poel rode away from Aerts to take the lead solo. Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) managed to bridge to the European champion but Van der Poel dropped Sweeck on lap 5 of nine before riding to yet another dominant victory. Sweeck finished second while Aerts was third.
In the elite women’s race, Cant took the holeshot and led the race from there. Nikki Brammeier (Boels-Dolmans) bridged a gap that Cant opened in the first lap, but Cant rode away on lap three of five before blazing to another solo win. Brammeier was second while America’s Katie Compton (KFC Racing/Trek/Panache) completed the podium. In her first CX race in roughly two years, former world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon-SRAM) came from last row on the startline to finish fourth.
With four races complete in the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee and four still to go, van der Poel leads the men’s GC while Compton leads the women’s.