Stybar: Van der Poel dominance makes cyclo-cross dull

Zdenek Stybar at the Zolder World Cup

Zdenek Stybar returned to the fields of Belgium on Wednesday for his first cyclo-cross race in two years, placing 21st in Zolder at the latest round of the World Cup . Stybar is a three-time cyclo-cross world champion but has focused his career on the road in recent years. His last competitive outings on a cyclo-cross bike came at the C1 DVV Trophy in Loenhout and the C2 Versluys Cyclo-cross in Bredene in 2016. This year he is using the discipline to add variety to his preparations for the 2019 road season, and his first outing came at the Zolder round of the World Cup on boxing day. Starting on the back row, and still far from peak fitness, he rode a quiet race and placed 21st, finishing more than two minutes down on winner Mathieu van der Poel. "It was very hard. I suffered a lot," Stybar said in ...

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