Belgian Laurens Sweeck has broken his left hand during the season’s final weeks. Sweeck was a fast starter for much of the season, often seen on the front of affairs early in races. He most recently won the final round of the Bpost Bank Trofee series Waaslandcross in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium back on February 6.
— Laurens Sweeck (@LaurensSweeck) February 6, 2016
The good news coming from Sweeck himself is that he will not need surgey and will only be in a cast for six weeks.
Earlier we reported that Trek is moving to Telnet-Fidea along with its new manager and director sportif Sven Nys. We also told you that there was no final word on Trek’s relationship with their other biggest-name star, American Katie Compton. Source now say that Compton will ride Trek bikes for the coming year but will not be riding for the Trek Factory Racing Team. This would suggest that Compton is looking for financial sponsors for the coming year.
As if he wasn’t already a superstar of the sport, with wins in the BPorst Bank Trofee, Hansgrohe Superprestige and World Cup classifications, as well as his Belgian National Championship and World Championship, Wout van Aert’s star is on the rise. Belgian press is reporting that in addition to salary, start money, sponsorships the new World Champion took in prize money totaling around 175,000 Euros and they’re calling him the New Cannibaal, a reference to Sven Nys. It may still be a bit premature for that, but time will tell.
Last weekend’s Cyclocross Tokyo saw large crowds at the urban-beach race venue and some familiar names, including Belgian Ben Berden, who surely has the kit-of-the-year competition all sewn up.