Your Saturday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

February 4, 2017

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Rowe solos to stage 2 Sun Tour win, Howson retains yellow despite late puncture; Magnus Cort Nielsen wins sprint finish at Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Calmejane wins Etoile de Bessèges stage, takes over lead; Two sides to every story: Grivko shares account of Dubai skirmish with Kittel that led to expulsion; Organisers shorten then cancel Dubai Tour stage over high winds; Brailsford responds to Cooke’s allegations; Cholet Pays de Loire race cancelled for 2017; Citing lack of team participation, Tour of Turkey seeks to postpone to fall; Is cycling globalisation spreading teams too thin?; Van der Poel eyeing mountain bike races again for 2017; Rossignol acquires Felt Bicycles; Die-in demonstration planned for British Treasury; Routes announced for 2018 Commonwealth Games road events; Backstage Pass: Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stages 1-3.

Van der Poel eyeing mountain bike races again for 2017

by CyclingTips

As he did in 2016, Dutch cyclocross champion Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) is considering racing mountain bike events during the cyclocross off season.

“Yes, I still think of mountain biking. But especially in the marathon work,” he told

Van der Poel raced events  in 2016 with the goal of qualifying for the Rio Olympics. However a knee injury derailed those plans.

“I am thinking of going back to mountain biking. Especially the long marathon races this time. It’s a great discipline, a great workout, and you discover new places in the world with it. I still need to have a good look at the mountain bike calendar and compose my summer program. Competitions such as the three-day BEMC in the Ardennes. I wanted to race that last year, but I had to eventually cancel.

“Maybe alongside marathons I could do a few cross-country races, maybe even a World Cup. Cross country is a very difficult effort. That last half hour is the part where you can go broke. I am convinced that mountain biking can contribute to my winter racing.”

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