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by Matt de Neef
May 15, 2017
In today’s edition of the CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Nairo Quintana climbs into maglia rosa on stage 9 of the Giro d’Italia; Anna van der Breggen wins the women’s Amgen Tour of California; Marcel Kittel takes opening-stage honours at the men’s Amgen Tour of California; Clément Venturini takes overall honours at the Four Days of Dunkirk; Michael Storer and Lucas Hamilton go 1-2 at the GP Industrie del Marmo; Neil van der Ploeg wins the Grafton-Inverell in record time; Grace Brown takes victory in the Mersey Valley Tour; Nightmare for Team Sky and other GC favourites as police moto causes Giro crash; Wout Van Aert to focus on the road in 2018; Video – The dangers of riding alongside stopped traffic; Video – Bike falls off back of a car.
Cyclocross world champion Wout van Aert has said that he’ll turn his attention to the road in 2018 after the CX World Championships in February.
Van Aert has combined his CX career with the occasional road race in recent years, but from next year, he’ll give himself the opportunity to see whether he’s got what it takes on the tarmac.
“It is not possible to ride the full winter season,” Van Aert told sporza.be. “It’s a must to stop in the field after the World Championships, because I’ll have all the time, and then we’ll evaluate if it was a success or a flop.”
The Belgian is looking at the 2018 season as something of an experiment.
“I want to know if riding the Classics is something for me. If so, then I can still choose to make the transition later,” he said. “For the moment, I’m still riding in the field, and I’m also the world champion, so I think I can’t stay away. I don’t want to do that either.”
Follow the link to read more at Sporza.be.