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by Mark Zalewski
December 6, 2016
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Race radios, gran fondos, one-day licenses, and more: USA Cycling announces policy and operational changes for 2017; Azevedo replaces Ekimov as Katusha general manager; Laura Kenny critical of omnium format changes; Wout van Aert happy with current form, despite criticism; Dwars door Vlaanderen adding cobbles, shifting date in 2018; Lotto Soudal announces team rosters; Van Avermaet named top Flemish athlete; Dumoulin, Van der Breggen and Ligtlee nominated for Dutch awards; Aqua Blue Sport unveils team kit; Course construction underway for Cyclocross World Championships; WorldTour riders look back on Revolution Cycling Champions League in London; Teaser for Mayhem documentary.
World champion Wout van Aert (Crelan – Vastgoedservice) answered recent criticism of his form with a win at the Superprestige CX on Saturday, ending a run of four second placings to Dutch champion Mathieu Van der poel (Beobank–Corendon). And despite placing second to Van der poel the next day at Zilvermeercross, he says Saturday’s win should be enough of an answer about his form.
“The problem is you have to be silent when second each time. So I am glad that I have now answered with the pedals. Cyclocross is a small world. Now I can indeed speak. While I had been second four times, you can not say that I was not trying.”
Four-time cyclocross world champion and ten-time Belgian champion Roland Liboton had critcised van Aert’s training, suggesting that his road racing exploits in the summer were coming back to haunt him in the meat of the cyclocross season.
“I want to hear their analysis now. It’s so easy to talk.”
In regards to Sunday’s second place, van Aert said small mistakes on the course cost him, but that the main objective of the weekend was Saturday’s Superprestige race.
“I made a mistake on the uphill where Mathieu could make a gap,” he said. “Those loops was not my favorite course. I’m just glad I was able to win Saturday in Francorchamps. I won the main cyclocross race of the weekend because we were fighting for a series and this was a single race.”
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