RAC­ING AHEAD

Cycling Weekly - - WEEKLY COLUMN -

San­tos women’s Tour Down un­der (Jan 10-13) Amanda Spratt (Mitchel­ton-scott) is aim­ing to win the four-day race for a third suc­ces­sive year. Stage two con­cludes with an up­hill fin­ish, av­er­ag­ing close to seven per cent for three kilo­me­tres.

British cross cham­pi­onships (Jan 12-13) Kent’s Cy­clopark in Gravesend hosts the Na­tion­als for the first time. Used as a round in last sea­son’s Na­tional Tro­phy, Ian Field, who is buoyed by his over­all Na­tional Tro­phy suc­cess, was the best­placed Brit, while Ffion James was the fastest fe­male.

Bel­gian cross cham­pi­onships (Jan 12-13) Sanne Cant is hop­ing to make it 10 wins out of 10 in the Na­tion­als — an un­prece­dented feat. In the men’s race, Wout van Aert has strug­gled for form this sea­son, but he could make it four na­tional ti­tles in suc­ces­sion.

Dutch cross cham­pi­onships (Jan 12-13) There will be no sur­prise as to who is ex­pected to take the men’s crown: Mathieu van der Poel has dom­i­nated the scene like Sven Nys used to. Lucinda Brand is de­fend­ing her women’s ti­tle.

cy­clo-cross otegem (Jan 14)

Al­ways held the Mon­day af­ter the Bel­gian Na­tion­als, Mathieu van der Poel be­came the first non-na­tive to win in 2016; he has since re­peated his vic­tory twice.

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