Van Aert and Cant win CX Worlds; Chaves wins the Sun Tour: Daily News Digest

by Matt de Neef

February 5, 2018

In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Wout van Aert stuns to win his third-straight CX world title; Sanne Cant takes back-to-back CX world titles; Esteban Chaves wins the Jayco Herald Sun Tour, Sam Crome claims the final stage; Alejandro Valverde wins the Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana; Sergio Henao takes his second-straight Colombian road title; Tony Gallopin wins Etoile de Besseges with final-stage victory; UCI announces use of video commissaires in biggest road races; Giro organisers want guarantee Froome’s results will be valid; Vincenzo Nibali set for new challenge at the Tour of Flanders; Hong Kong businessman Adam Kwok invests in Mitchelton-BikeExchange; Esteban’s Extras; Live-stream slip-up.

Vincenzo Nibali set for new challenge at the Tour of Flanders

by CyclingTips

Vincenzo Nibali (Bahrain-Merida) isn’t a rider you’d normally associate with the cobbled classics but this year the Italian will tackle the Tour of Flanders.

“I’ve seen it on TV; it’s always drawn me in,” Nibali told VeloNews. “I’ll admit, I know nothing about the race. Nothing. Those men are Greg Van Avermaet and Peter Sagan.”

Nibali hopes to win Flanders one day, but knows he’ll need practice on the testing terrain. But that’s not the only reason he wants to race it — he’s also keen to get a taste of the pave ahead of a cobblestoned stage of this year’s Tour de France.

“It’s a big thing, completely new. I don’t know the route, I don’t know the race,” Nibali said. “I wanted to do it to see if I can return in the future and take a serious swipe at it. I remember what [former manager] Giancarlo Ferretti told me when I first turned professional with Team Fassa Bortolo. The first two times, maximum three, you got to see how the race is, and then the fourth time, you go to win.

“Anyway, it’s a great way to add to my confidence for the Tour’s pavé stages.”

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