In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Van Garderen ends Grand Tour drought with Giro stage win; Van der Poel tastes success on the road with Belgium Tour stage win; Canola makes it a hat trick in Japan; Dumoulin critical of rivals on Giro stage, ‘I hope they lose the podium’; Van der Poel to race Albstadt World Cup Sunday; Dries De Bondt kicked out of Belgium Tour for riding on footpath; Planckaert has surgery for broken collarbone after Belgium Tour crash; Tour of Utah announces 2017 stages; Video: Van Garderen post-stage interview; Teaser: UCI BMX Freestyle World Cup; Video: ORICA-Scott pre-Giro, stage 18; Video: Duel on Hellfire Pass; Philippe Gilbert stops for mid-stage photoshoot at the Belgium Tour.
Your Friday Daily News Digest
Though he won the second stage of the Baloise Belgium Tour on Thursday, cyclocross star Mathieu Van der Poel is planning to leave the race early in order to race the second round of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup in Albstadt, Germany on Sunday.
— Mathieu Van der Poel (@mathieuvdpoel) May 23, 2017
“I have no regrets. My form is good, but the chance to start on the front row in a World Cup race, I might get only once in my life,” he told Sporza.
Van der Poel raced the first round in the Czech Republic, starting in 90th position and, despite crashes and other delays, managed to finish in eighth place.
“In the Czech Republic he lost a half minute in the first lap,” said Belgian legend Sven Nys. “Crashes, delays and other things meant he could never do his thing. On the penultimate lap he drove around the whole peloton. That was impressive.”
However, his finish there will give him a much better starting position this weekend, and will likely give Olympic champion and first round winner Nino Schurter, a tough challenge.
Click through to read more at Sporza.