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by Matt de Neef
January 29, 2018
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Jay McCarthy becomes the first Australian to win the men’s Cadel’s Race; Chloe Hosking earns Commonwealth Games selection with Cadel’s Race win; Jelle Wallays wins stage 6 of the Vuelta a San Juan; John Degenkolb wins the final day of Challenge Mallorca; Toms Skujins solos to first victory with Trek-Segafredo; Van der Poel and Cant win at Hoogerheide CX World Cup; Peter Vakoc undergoes successful spinal surgery after training crash; Bob Jungels on the QuickStep Floors training camp crash; The beauty of the unsteered bicycle; Small bike, big character.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Sanne Cant (Corendon-Circus) will be the riders to beat at next week’s Cyclocross World Championships after winning the final round of the Cyclocross World Cup in Hoogerheide over the weekend.
As he’s done for most of the season, van der Poel rode away from the rest of the field to take yet another solo victory and finish the World Cup series with seven wins from nine races. World champion Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) was second while Michael Vanthourenhout (Marlux-Bingoal) was third after a tight tussle with Laurens Sweeck (ERA-Circus) for the final step on the podium.
In the elite women’s race, Cant battled with Eva Lechner (Clif Pro Team) in the opening laps but dropped her rival on lap four of six and rode away to a solo victory. Lechner finished second while Evie Richards (Trek Factory Racing) was third from a long way back in the starting grid.
The race was marred by a nasty crash for former world champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon-SRAM) and Jolanda Neff (Kross Racing Team). Ferrand-Prevot’s front wheel slipped out on a muddy off-camber slope, bringing both riders down (33:20 in the video below).