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by Mark Zalewski
February 2, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Kittel doubles up at Dubai Tour; Danny van Poppel claims prologue victory at the 2017 Jayco Herald Sun Tour; BMC wins Volta a la Comunitat Valenciana TTT; Démare wins Etoile de Bessèges opener; Vos, van der Poel follow-up Worlds disappointments with wins; Contract secured: Nathan Earle in career-best form and ready to get back on the winners’ list; 30 feet above a very different finish line: Masters racer recounts life-saving recovery after harrowing crash on bridge; Renowned cycling photographer Graham Watson retires; Advocacy group calls 10 day sentence for drunk driver who killed cyclist ‘unacceptable’; Colorado legislature considering adopting ‘Idaho Stop’ law; Video: Highlights from the Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Races; Backstage Pass: Cadel Evans Great Ocean Road Race.
In an ironic double, both Marianne Vos (WM3) and Mathieu van der Poel (Beobank-Corendon) won their races at the Brico Cross series’ Parkcross race in Maldegem on Wednesday, three days after each saw a world championship title ride away from them in Bieles, with each Dutch rider having to settle for the second step on the podium.
Both newly crowned (or re-crowned) champions, Wout van Aert (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan) and Sanne Cant (Enertherm-Beobank), were on the start line in their rainbow stripes kits — the second for van Aert and the first for Cant.
In the women’s race Vos led from the start and never looked back, with Cant finishing second and World Cup series winner Sophie de Boer, bouncing back from a poor world championship race, taking third.
Similar to what he did in Bieles, van der Poel attacked early, jumping the barriers on the first lap and gaining a gap on van Aert. But unlike Bieles, he did not suffer any mechanicals and was able to keep and increase his advantage.
Mathieu Van Der Poel takes the win but would rather it had been while wearing the rainbow stripes.
Van der Poel came across the line with a convincing win, but still noticeably disappointed. Tim Merlier (Marlux-Napoleon Games) and Michael Vanthournhout (Veranda’s Willems-Crelan). Van Aert finished in fourth.