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by Matt de Neef
August 29, 2016
In your Monday edition of the CT Daily News Digest: David de la Cruz takes Vuelta a Espana lead with stage 9 solo win; Oliver Naesen claims victory in the Bretagne Classic-Ouest-France; Eugenia Bujak takes a surprise win in the GP de Plouay-Bretagne; David Gaudu wins the Tour de l’Avenir, strong ride from Australians and Americans; Wout van Aert wins at Schaal Sels; Kruijswijk and LottoNL-Jumbo seeking compensation after Vuelta crash; Chilean cyclist banned for four years after testing positive for ‘oxygen in a pill’; Cyclist killed in Japan by driver playing Pokemon Go; German cyclist completes around-the-world ride on a single-speed; Onboard vision from stage 9 of the Vuelta.
Cyclocross world champion Wout Van Aert has tamed more than 30km of cobblestones and 30km of dirt roads to win the Schaal Sels road race in Belgium over the weekend.
The 21-year-old Belgian, who rides for the Crelan–Vastgoedservice Continental team, rode away from a small leading group on one of the race’s final unsealed roads, powering away to win by 15 seconds ahead of his six former companions. Just 46 of the 147 starters managed to complete the race.
Sunday’s victory is Van Aert’s second on the road in 2016. In his first race on the tarmac this year, at the Baloise Belgium Tour in May, Van Aert upstaged Tony Martin (Etixx-QuickStep) and other known time trialists in the prologue ITT. He’s since had two second-place finishes in other races and a handful of other top-10s.