[CyclingNews.com] World Champion Wout Van Aert (Crelan-Vastgoedservice) re-found his position on the top of the podium with a stellar solo effort to win the World Cup in Heusden-Zolder.
[CyclingNews.com] Marianne Vos (Rabo Liv) claimed the first World Cup victory of her comeback cyclo-cross season, powering away through a technical uphill section to win over Sanne Cant (Enertherm-Beobank) and Katerina Nash (Clif Bar).
[CyclingFans.com] On Monday, December 26: UCI Cyclocross World Cup at Heusden-Zolder, Belgium.
Elite Women’s race starts at 1:30pm CET (7:30am U.S. Eastern).
Elite Men’s race starts at 3:00pm CET (9:00am U.S. Eastern).
There will be live streams for both races.
[Velo News] The 25-year-old Dutch rider suffered a tear in his left rectus femoris muscle during the Superprestige Ruddevoorde in November.
[CyclingNews.com] From Femke Van den Driessche’s hidden motor to Froome running up Mont Ventoux and more.
[CX Magazine] If you missed the race, watch the hour-long chess match between the two superpowers of cyclocross in the full race video here.
[Velo News] Under the lights in Diegem, Belgium, Mathieu van der Poel rode to victory ahead of Wout Van Aert with a last-lap surge to claim Friday’s Superprestige cyclocross race.
[CyclingNews.com] The 25-year-old Dutchman, runner-up at the 2016 Cyclo-cross World Championships, injured his left rectus femoris at Superprestige Ruddervoorde in November.
According to the release, “his condition has improved significantly,” and he is now ready to resume his ‘cross campaign.
[Cycling Weekly] British national champion Nikki Brammeier returned to racing again in mid-December, having sustained a back fracture in a heavy collision with Helen Wyman at the European Cyclo-Cross Championship in October.
[CyclingNews.com] Three-time Cyclo-cross World Champion Zdenek Stybar might have shifted his focus to the road with Quick-Step Floors, but he still dabbles in the dirt each season. Last season he raced a single event in Essen.
This year, Stybar will compete in the last two Belgian races of 2016, the C1 DVV Trophy in Loenhout and the C2 Versluys Cyclo-cross in Bredene on December 29 and 30.
[CX Magazine] Dutch cyclocross star Sophie de Boer, the current World Cup leader and winner of the 2016 CrossVegas World Cup, will be moving from Kalas-NNOF to her own solo program starting January 1.
[Cycling News] Mathieu Van Der Poel won the Scheldeprijs Antwerpen cyclo-cross and the World Cup race in Namur at the weekend, using a Stevens Super Prestige Disc to distance his chief rival and current World Champion Wout Van Aert.
[CyclingNews.com] Katerina Nash (Clif) captured an impressive victory at the sixth round of the Telenet UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in Namur, Belgium on Sunday afternoon.
Nash finished solo on the Namur citadel ahead of Clif teammate Eva Lechner and World Cup leader Sophie de Boer (Kalas-NNOF). De Boer remains atop the World Cup standings.
[Cycling Quotes] After the Scheldecross on Saturday, Mathieu van der Poel also proved to be the strongest in Namur. He won the World Cross in and around the Namur Citadel after a smart race.
Wout Van Aert had to be content with second place after three costly mistakes. He crashed twice in the same place and also came to a standstill on a climb. He remains in the lead of the World Cup.
[CyclingNews.com] Marianne Vos (Rabo-Liv) got off to a good start in her cyclo-cross comeback at Scheldecross on Saturday afternoon.
Not hampered by a back-row start position in the fifth round of the IJsboerke Ladies Trophy, seven-time cyclo-cross World champion Vos quickly featured in the front of the race in Antwerp, Belgium.
[CX Magazine] The 2016 Scheldecross race, the latest stop of the DVV Verzekeringen Trofee cyclocross series, kept fans in suspense until the very end and is worth a watch.
[CX Magazine] After a close photo finish at Noordvlees Van Goolen Cyclocross Essen, both Sanne Cant (IKO Enertherm Beobank) and Sophie de Boer (Kalas-NNOF) were clearly motivated to not leave another race to the finish line cameras and instead have time to enjoy a finish line victory celebration.
For most of the race, it looked like it would be De Boer who would get her wish.
[Cycling Quotes] Mathieu van der Poel won the Scheldecross in Antwerp, the fifth round of the DVV Troffe. After a captivating duel, he managed to drop his archrival Wout Van Aert in the final stage. Kevin Pauwels made it surpsiignly exciting and finished third. Van Aert still has a dominant lead in the overall standings.
[Podium Cafe] Kerstperiode (Christmas week) hasn’t officially arrived yet, but CX is hotting up already.
[Cyclocross Magazine] After suffering two years plagued by injury, overtraining and illness, Vos returned to road racing this year, winning a stage at the Tour of California and playing a critical role in the road race at the Olympics. Now the Dutch cycling star is anxious to get back to cyclocross as well.
[CX Magazine] Van der Haar suffered a tear in his left rectus femoris muscle in his quad at the 2016 Superprestige Ruddervoorde, and some said his cyclocross season would be over due to a 12-week recovery needed.
However Van der Haar is back on the bike again, and is holding out hope he can return to top-level cyclocross racing in January.
[CyclingNews.com] Wout Van Aert’s move from cyclo-cross to road racing took another step forward on Tuesday with the presentation of the new jersey of his Crelan Charles cyclo-cross team, and more details on the Verandas Willems-Crelan road team he will ride for during 2017.