Theuns wins Turkey GC, Wurf smashes Ironman bike record: Daily News Digest

by Shane Stokes

October 16, 2017

Theuns wins final stage of Tour of Turkey, Ulissi takes overall; Van der Poel, Kaptheijns take Super Prestige victory in sand dunes of Zonhoven; Wurf smashes Ironman bike course record in Kona, finishes 17th; Elliott becomes first rider to win consecutive Warrnambool Classics; Howes extends with Slipstream Sports for two years; Leipheimer announces fundraising initiative to help those affected by California fires; Video: MAMIL (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) trailer.

Van der Poel, Kaptheijns take Super Prestige victory in sand dunes of Zonhoven

by Neal Rogers

Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) continued his winning streak in 2017, taking victory at the Telenet Superprestige in Zonhoven, Belgium. On a hot day at the famous sand dunes of Zonhoven, Van der Poel countered an early attack from Wout van Aert (Crelan-Charles) and then rode away from the world champion, beating him by 21 seconds.

Dutch rider Lars Van der Haar caught Van Aert on the fourth lap, making the battle for second more interesting than the fight for the win; it was only in the final lap that Van Aert could power away from the Dutch rider. David van der Poel, the older brother of the winner, finished fourth to make three Dutch riders in the top four.

“It was a subconscious choice not to start as quickly as possible,” van der Poel told Sporza. “The rest just started very fast. I rode at my own pace and then went off the front, after which it was still an hour alone.” Van der Poel has now won eight of nine races thus far this season, including both opening rounds of the UCI World Cup; he’s been beaten only by van der Haar, at DVV verzekeringen trofee Hotondcross last weekend.

In the elite women’s race, young Dutch rider Maud Kaptheijns (Crelan-Charles) started quickly and never looked back, finishing 1:08 ahead of world champion Sanne Cant (IKO-Beobank). It was the second Telenet Superprestige win of the season for Kaptheijns; the 23-year-old also started quickly and rode away from the competition at the series opener in Gieten, Netherlands, on October 1.

The Telenet Superprestige series continues on October 21 in Boom, Belgium. The following day is the third round of the Telenet UCI World Cup in Koksijde, Belgium.