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Saturday, December 28, 2019

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Wout Van Aert fifth in cyclocross comeback in Loenhout

Here's the Jumbo-Visma team update:

Wout van Aert finished fifth in the Azencross in Loenhout on his return to cyclocross. It was the first time since his crash in the Tour de France that the 25-year-old Belgian from Team Jumbo-Visma has appeared at the start of a race.

Van Aert had a good start, got the holeshot and was the first rider to enter the field. During the race the Team Jumbo-Visma rider showed that he had not lost his touch. Van Aert maintained his place in front, in a chasing group that fought for fourth place. A big boost for Van Aert after a long period of injury.

Wout Van aert

Wout van Aert (shown winning stage 10 of the 2019 Tour de France) is on his way back.

"I enjoyed it immensely today," a satisfied Van Aert said. “It was a super fun crowd and I was able to show myself. At the start I found a gap, so I had a good position. I haven't forgotten how to do that yet. Given the course, it was convenient to get off to a good start."

“My body showed few signs of trouble during the race. The second half of the race I got a bit of a pain in my right hip, but it went really well. There were some treacherous parts in the course where you had to get off the bike. This had an impact on my right leg, but it felt good. I hope it will continue this way in the upcoming days."

Van Aert did not dare to dream of a fifth place in advance. “I surprised myself with that. From here I can continue building. In the final lap there was a fight in our group for place four. It's great that I was able to ride a final right away. I will ride the cross in Gullegem and the Belgian championship. After the BC I will see how it goes and we will make further plans. That planning will mainly be about the Spring Classics on the road, where I will try to be on top level. I am certainly not going to force anything in cyclocross, just because it went well today. I still have a long way to go."

Park rangers snap arm of South African professional cyclist Nic Dlamini

Forbes.com posted this disturbing news:

Up and coming professional cyclist Nic Dlamini has allegedly had his arm broken by rough handling from rangers who stopped him in Table Mountain National Park near Cape Town in South Africa. The incident happened on 27 December and was filmed by a fellow rider, Laurence Lindeque.

Nic Dlamini

Nicolas Dlamini at the 2018 Tour Down Under. Sirotti photo

Dlamini is a Laureus Sports award nominee and one of South Africa’s leading athletes. In the Tour of Yorkshire professional cycle race staged in May Dlamini was famously captured leading the pack over a bridge in the pouring rain.

A press statement from the Table Mountain National Park claimed that Dlamini (who they did not name) “injured himself” in the confrontation.

South African National Parks (SanParks) told News24 that Dlamini had been arrested because he had not paid for an activity permit. “The rangers were alerted of a cyclist that entered gate 1 of the Silvermine section of Table Mountain National Park without making any payment,” said SanParks spokesperson Reynold Thakhuli.

“On investigation, they found the cyclist in question, stopped him and asked for the necessary permit which he did not produce. As per the law, that is a transgression which requires them to be fined or apprehended.”

You can read the entire piece here.

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