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by Matt de Neef
November 27, 2017
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Van Aert and Cant win round 5 of the CX World Cup; Van der Poel and Cant win at Flandriencross; Eddy Merckx, Fabio Aru want Chris Froome to ride the Giro d’Italia in 2018; Yoann Offredo fined 700 Euros for April altercation; Carlee Taylor to finish international career with Holden Women’s Racing; Chris Boardman: Compulsory helmet laws won’t make riding safer; BMW keen for elevated cycling paths.
Sanne Cant wasted no time in backing up her victory in Zeven, winning Flandriencross in Hamme, Belgium the very next day. Mathieu van der Poel, meanwhile, bounced back from his mechanical a day earlier to get himself back on the top step.
In the elite women’s race Katie Compton (KFC Racing) and Ellen Noble (Aspire Racing) were leading the race by 10 seconds coming into the final lap. Cant, stalking the pair from behind, bridged on the final lap then attacked on a muddy section to get clear and win by six seconds. Noble took second place while Compton was third.
In the men’s race, van der Poel attacked hard in the opening lap, got a sizeable gap and never let it go. Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) had taken the holeshot and an early lead but van der Poel soon made his move and attacked over the top.
A chase group of eight riders formed behind the European champion featuring world champion Wout van Aert and Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Napolean Games). Those two riders would prove to be next-best on the day with van Aert riding his way to second and Vanthourenhout finishing third.