GP Neerpelt (October 27)
Belgian rider Laurens Sweeck (Pauwels Sauzen) won the opening round of the Soudal Classics. Behind him were the Corendon-circus pair of Marcel Meisen and David van der Poel. Denise Betsema of the Netherlands triumphed in the women’s race. Ruddervoorde Superprestige (Oct 28) Mathieu van der Poel was too strong for his rivals, making it three in as many races in the season-long competition based in Belgium and the Netherlands. After being held up at the start and a crash at the finish, GB’S Tom Pidcock (TP Racing) finished a commendable ninth. Marianne Vos (Waowdeals) was victorious in the women’s race.
Tour of Hainan (October 23-31)
Jakub Mareczko won five successive stages at the Chinese race 12 months ago and the Italian was victorious on stage one this year.