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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.
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 Mountainbike.be.
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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