Your Friday Daily News Digest

by Mark Zalewski

December 30, 2016

In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Aert extends series lead with Azencross win; Sanne Cant wins Azencross; Frustrations as no proof of innocence given to parliament in Wiggins case; Syncing with Sagan: Sam Bennett looks ahead to 2017; Van der Poel okay after hard crash; Stybar makes return to cyclocross in Azencross; More questions arise from Tour of Qatar cancellation; Family of fallen cyclist calls for safer roads; Jens Voigt to ‘Everest’ Berlin Teufelsberg hill for charity; Video: Best of 2016 by bike; Ride along with Wout van Aert.

Van der Poel okay after hard crash

by CyclingTips

It was a scary moment for cyclocross fans watching Azencross today. On the penultimate lap a leading group of seven was on the front, including Dutch champion Mathieu van der Poel. Responding to an attack by Toon Aerts, van der Poel crashed hard on a steep drop, landing on his neck and laying motionless for several minutes.

His brother David and father Adri van der Poel arrived on the scene as he was taken off the course on a backboard and neck brace to be transported to hospital. Fortunately, everything was precautionary as he was released from hospital a few hours later.

“I think Mathieu took too much of a risk to pass [Tom] Meeusen,” said race winner Wout van Aert. “Tom tried to open the gap to his teammate Aerts, but Mathieu wanted to prevent that. When he fell, I saw that it was painful … I sincerely hope that it is not too bad and he can return to racing soon. If Van der Poel would be out for the remainder of the season, that is not good for our sport.”

“I first want to apologize to Mathieu I hope I have nothing to do with the crash, I just wanted to open a hole,” said Meeusen. “Mathieu came up with such a high speed behind me that I was startled.”

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