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Marianne Vos and Lars van der Haar grab national titles in cyclo-cross | cycling

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Vos jumped away early in the match and soloed to her first national title since 2017. Lucinda Brand, the winner in 2018 and 2019, still gave chase, but partly due to a fall, the world champion no longer came close to Vos .

Brand finished second about 20 seconds behind Vos and took silver, the bronze went to Alvarado. At the end of this month, all three will participate in the World Cup in Fayetteville, USA.

The Dutch National Championships would actually be held in Zaltbommel. However, when it turned out that no spectators would be welcome due to the corona measures, the municipality returned the organization. Last month there was a cross for the World Cup in Rucphen. Even then Vos won.

Van der Haar

In the men’s race, the victory went to Dutch champion Lars van der Haar. In the absence of Mathieu van der Poel, he stood head and shoulders above the rest. The battle for silver was a lot more exciting. Corné van Kessel eventually finished second after a hard fought battle and Mees Hendrikx took the bronze. He also won the U23 title.

The 30-year-old Van der Haar is the successor of world champion Van der Poel, who won the past six editions of the Dutch National Championships. Van der Poel ended his cyclocross season prematurely due to a back injury and was therefore absent from the national title fight.

Van der Haar also became Dutch champion in 2013 and 2014. After that, the Utrechter always had to lose out to Van der Poel at the Dutch National Championships. In Rucphen, Van der Haar was in a class of its own in the absence of Van der Poel. Corné van Kessel finished second after almost a minute.

Van der Haar became European cyclo-cross champion at the beginning of November on the VAM mountain in Drenthe. He has been riding in the European championship jersey ever since. Van der Haar also conquered the national tricolor in Rucphen. The Dutch champion hopes to be able to grab a medal at the World Cup in the American city of Fayetteville at the end of this month. Together with Van Kessel, he forms the small Dutch delegation for the men. In addition to Van der Poel, the Belgian champion Wout Van Aert is also missing at the World Cup.

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Marc Overmars wants to bring Mark van Bommel to Antwerp | Football

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Overmars would like to bring Van Bommel to Belgium. The former coach of PSV and VfL Wolfsburg has already been spotted several times in Antwerp and a two-year contract is ready for him. Van Bommel was also a top candidate to become a trainer of Racing Genk, but his preference seems to be for the adventure at Antwerp. Overmars is charmed by him as a trainer and with his presence, Van Bommel knows that he will receive the necessary support from the management.

Antwerp qualified for the Belgian championship round in the play-offs this season, in which it will finish fourth and last. The ambitions of the oldest professional club in the country are sky-high. Antwerp is owned by Paul Gheysens, one of the richest Belgians. The Belgian cup was won in 2020, but the club wants to participate for the national title. To reinforce those ambitions, Overmars was brought in as technical person with final responsibility, after he resigned from Ajax at the beginning of February due to cross-border behaviour.

The financial possibilities are there in Antwerp, which is expected to say goodbye to current coach Brian Priske soon. Coming Sunday, the season will end with an away game at Union. Antwerp will play in the second heat of the Conference League next season.

For Van Bommel (45), it must be his third trainer job. He started at PSV in 2018 and eventually just missed the national title that season. A sporting dramatic streak in his second year proved fatal for him in December. At VfL Wolfsburg, Van Bommel was fired at the end of October this season, despite an excellent start in the competition. His successor Florian Kohfeld has now also been fired.

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Chelsea takeover by American consortium may not go ahead after all | NOW

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Chelsea’s takeover by an American consortium led by businessman Todd Boehly may not go ahead. According to the BBC the British government is not reassured that sufficient concrete agreements can be made with the current owner of the top club from the Premier League, Roman Abramovich.

Government sources say there are “serious concerns” about the plans going ahead. Abramovich is reportedly refusing to agree “to a sales structure that gives ministers confidence that the proceeds will go to charity”. The Russian businessman had promised this at an earlier stage.

The consortium wants to pay 2.5 billion pounds (almost 3 billion euros) to take over Chelsea from Abramovich. In addition, the Americans plan to invest 1.75 billion pounds, converted almost 2 billion euros, in the club. The intention is that the acquisition amount will go to charities.

Chelsea was put up for sale by Abramovich in March after the Russian invasion of Ukraine. He is on a British government sanctions list because he is believed to have close ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Chelsea therefore has to deal with all kinds of restrictions.

Abramovich bought Chelsea in 2003 for around £60 million. Thanks to his investments, the Londoners have grown into one of the largest clubs in the world. Last season Chelsea won the Champions League.

Chelsea has been owned by Roman Abramovich since 2003.


Chelsea has been owned by Roman Abramovich since 2003.

Chelsea has been owned by Roman Abramovich since 2003.

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