Welcome back to the GCN Racing News Show - this week, after yet another dominant weekend for Mathieu Van Der Poel, we’re asking if he’s killing cyclocross. Some details of next year’s Vuelta emerge, Andrea Tafi says he’s got a team to race Paris Roubaix and Chris Froome falls in love with Colombia.
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In winning the Superprestige in Gavere yesterday, Mathieu Van Der Poel made it 4 wins from 4 in the series so far this year. Despite the best efforts of Toon Aerts in the early stages, It was a convincing solo win for Van Der Poel, and It came off the back of an equally dominant performance at the DVV Trophy in Neil the previous day. His list of results is looking more and more incredible as the weekends pass by. At just 23 years of age, he has now won 38 rounds of the Superprestige series, 30 rounds of the World Cup, been national champion 8 times, European Champion 4 times, and World Champion 3 times.
Whilst the official Vuelta a Espana route presentation won’t take place until January, a few details have emerged of the route for next season. The grand tour will begin in Alicante, there will be a detour into France in the second week and will also include 9 summit finishes. 3 of those summit finishes are said to be new. While 9 summit finishes will certainly suit pure climbers, there are also going to be two time trials. One during the opening three days on the Costa Blanca and then a second time trial around 30-40km in the second week. As mentioned, full specifics and route are yet to be confirmed but if these early details are anything to go by we are in for a treat.
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