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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.
The CX racing continued on Sunday with Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) and Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Canyon-SRAM) proving strongest at the Vlaamse Druivencross in Overijse, Belgium.
In snowy and muddy conditions, van der Poel took the lead after just half a lap of the men’s race, leaving the rest of the field to battle it out for second place. Corne Van Kessel (Telenet Fidea Lions) and Tom Meeusen (Beobank-Corendon) were part of a chase group that formed behind the European champion, the pair finishing in that order to complete the podium. Van der Poel’s victory gives him three wins at Druivencross in the past four years.
In the women’s race, Ferrand-Prevot showed she’s returned to CX after two years with impressive form, beating world champion Sanne Cant (Beobank-Corendon) and Lucinda Brand (Team Sunweb) to take the win. Ferrand-Prevot wasn’t part of the early move (having started on the back row) but the Frenchwoman worked her way through the field and ended lap 3 with a 20-second lead over the rest of the field.
She would maintain that lead to the end as Cant and Brand rode in for second and third respectively.