Current world cyclo-cross champion Zdenek Stybar has made the spring classics his major priority for the opening half of the season.
The 28-year-old, who recently complete the Challenge Mallorca – his first road race since claiming his third world cyclo-cross title – where his Omega Pharma team impressed with a number of strong performances.
Stybar had a breakthrough season on the road in 2013 with the overall title in the Eneco Tour, a stage of the Vuelta, and 6th in Paris-Roubaix. It was that final result that demonstrated the Czech rider's ability to adapt for major success in the classics.
This season he will target the spring races once more with the Tour of Flanders and Roubaix taking centre stage. Stybar’s role for those races will also depend on the form of Tom Boonen and Niki Terpstra, who have both impressed in the Tour of Qatar, and in this exclusive video for Cyclingnews Sytbar discusses his transition from cross to road and the challenges that lie ahead.
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