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by Matt de Neef
December 19, 2016
In today’s edition of the CT Daily News Digest: Van der Poel, Cant victorious at Scheldecross in Antwerp; Van der Poel, Nash take victory at CX World Cup in Namur; Scandolara and Sunderland sprint to Shimano Supercrit success; Upgraded Vuelta a San Juan attracts strong startlist; IsoWhey Sports SwissWellness partners with Cervelo; Riders fight at the Vuelta a Costa Rica; Bike racing of yesteryear — a YouTube collection.
A day after Scheldecross, the best CX riders in the world headed to Namur for round six of the Cyclocross World Cup. Repeating his success from a day earlier, Mathieu Van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) again got the better of perennial rival Wout van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) while Katerina Nash (Luna Pro Team) soloed to victory in the women’s race.
World champion Van Aert crashed no fewer than three times in the first half of the men’s race and still managed to make his way back to the front with just over one lap to go. But in those closing minutes Van der Poel accelerated away to take his third straight World Cup win this season. Van Aert was second, 16 seconds back, while Kevin Pauwels was again third, 11 seconds behind Van Aert.
In the women’s race Nash got clear of the field in the early laps with teammate Eva Lechner and series leader Sophie de Boer (Kalas-NNOF). After a problem with her pedal and then a puncture, Nash pulled away from her two companions on the final lap and rode to her second victory in Namur in three years.
“Today was pretty epic,” said Nash. “Sophie and Eva were was really strong … just a really good and exciting race. This place is special. I don’t have a ton of world cup victories, so each one is very special.”
Lechner finished second, 12 seconds behind Nash, while De Boer was another nine seconds in arrears.