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by Mark Zalewski
February 7, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: De Boer wins in Hoogstraten, Cant retains Superprestige lead; Van der Poel wins Hoogstraten and extends Superprestige lead; Maud Kaptheijns surprises in a muddy Krawatencross Lille; Van der Poel beats van Aert in Krawatencross; UCI issues new guidelines to boost safety in the race convoy; Van aert not troubled by double runner-up weekend; Accusations of motor doping by van Aert renewed after Krawatencross; Ethiopia approves prison sentences for doping; 32nd Ride the Rockies route announced; Wiggins eyeing acting after reality TV?; Backstage Pass – Jayco Herald Sun Tour, stage 4; Driver attempts to strike cyclist who also happens to be a cop; MacAskill barely clears head of comedian Jack Whitehall.
Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) added a fifth win out of six over Wout van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) in the hansgrohe Superprestige series on Sunday in Hoogstraten. The win increased his lead over the world champion by a point to a total of five, with only one round remaining this weekend.
The pair battled until late in the race when van Aert made a mistake, and van der Poel took advantage.
“It was only when a spectator called out, I looked back and I saw that I had a few seconds,” Van der Poel said. “Then I had obviously could not wait. In the final lap it was important not to make any more mistakes.”
After failing to win the rainbow stripes two weeks ago the overall victory in the series became van der Poel’s top ambition for the season.
“For me the overall win in the Superprestige is now the most important. It looks good for me, but Middelkerke must still be raced. Bad luck should never exclude you but in that case it could turn it.”