Stybar: I'm not the new Terpstra

Zdenek Stybar (Deceuninck-Quickstep) makes a move

When Niki Terpstra, fresh off the back of victories at E3-Harelbeke and the Tour of Flanders, made the surprising decision to swap QuickStep team for French second-division outfit Direct Energie, some speculated the door would open for riders like Zdenek Stybar . Consigned to a watching brief for much of his QuickStep career, while the likes of Terpstra, Tom Boonen, and Philippe Gilbert went up the road to claim the big prizes, the former cyclo-cross champion has been nothing if not patient. Now, though, the opportunities are coming and Stybar is grasping them with both hands, backing up his Omloop Het Nieuwsblad title at the start of this month with victory at E3 BinckBank on Friday. That said, Stybar brushed aside suggestions he was somehow 'the new Terpstra'. "Thank you for comparing me to Niki Terpstra," he said with a smile in his winner's press conference in Harelbeke, "but you ...

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