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World women's 'cross champion Hanka Kupfernagel's bike is a Focus.

World women's 'cross champion Hanka Kupfernagel's bike is a Focus.
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One of the most popular riders on the 'cross scene is Bart Wellens.

One of the most popular riders on the 'cross scene is Bart Wellens.
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Big Lars Boom rode his big Colnago C50 'Cross to victory at this year's UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Italy.

Big Lars Boom rode his big Colnago C50 'Cross to victory at this year's UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships in Italy.
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Boom's Colnago C50 'Cross carbon fiber fork and Shimano Dura-Ace carbon fibre wheels adorned with winning mud.

Boom's Colnago C50 'Cross carbon fiber fork and Shimano Dura-Ace carbon fibre wheels adorned with winning mud.
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The Colnago C50 'Cross substitutes a more conventional looking wishbone seat stay arrangement instead of its roadgoing B-Stay.

The Colnago C50 'Cross substitutes a more conventional looking wishbone seat stay arrangement instead of its roadgoing B-Stay.
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The "Freuler" style elongated seat lug provides a more stable and rigid platform for the tall Boom, who uses Selle San Marco's classic Concor saddle. The rear brake cable is routed directly (and very unconventionally) through the center of the seat lug with an improvised noodle from a linear-pull MTB brake.

The "Freuler" style elongated seat lug provides a more stable and rigid platform for the tall Boom, who uses Selle San Marco's classic Concor saddle. The rear brake cable is routed directly (and very unconventionally) through the center of the seat lug with an improvised noodle from a linear-pull MTB brake.
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Boom's drivetrain is Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed all the way with narrowly spaced 42/46T chainrings up front, a 12-25T cassette and XTR pedals.

Boom's drivetrain is Shimano Dura-Ace 10-speed all the way with narrowly spaced 42/46T chainrings up front, a 12-25T cassette and XTR pedals.
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World women's 'cross champion Hanka Kupfernagel hails from Germany and is sponsored by Focus Bicycles, a German brand created by former German 'cross and MTB champ Mike Kluge.

World women's 'cross champion Hanka Kupfernagel hails from Germany and is sponsored by Focus Bicycles, a German brand created by former German 'cross and MTB champ Mike Kluge.
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Sponsored by SRAM since 2006, Hanka rode the Chicago company's new Red groupset to its first ever 'cross world championship, with Red levers mated to a Force crankset and rear mech.

Sponsored by SRAM since 2006, Hanka rode the Chicago company's new Red groupset to its first ever 'cross world championship, with Red levers mated to a Force crankset and rear mech.
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Kupfernagel's Red levers are mated to an FSA bar and stem. Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheels offer decidedly premium rolling stock.

Kupfernagel's Red levers are mated to an FSA bar and stem. Mavic Cosmic Carbone Ultimate wheels offer decidedly premium rolling stock.
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A focused Jonathan Page checks his tire pressure in the USA team box before the race.

A focused Jonathan Page checks his tire pressure in the USA team box before the race.
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Page's Ridley X-Night is the same frame model ridden to consecutive 'cross world titles in 2006 and 2007, fitted with Oval Concepts R700 stem and bars and no auxiliary brake levers.

Page's Ridley X-Night is the same frame model ridden to consecutive 'cross world titles in 2006 and 2007, fitted with Oval Concepts R700 stem and bars and no auxiliary brake levers.
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Page's Oval Concepts R700 seatpost is topped by a well-worn Selle San Marco Aspide saddle.

Page's Oval Concepts R700 seatpost is topped by a well-worn Selle San Marco Aspide saddle.
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The New Hampshire 'cross star's fan club include his wife Cori with son Milo in the baby carrier and daughter Emma ready to cheer on her dad.

The New Hampshire 'cross star's fan club include his wife Cori with son Milo in the baby carrier and daughter Emma ready to cheer on her dad.
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One of the most popular riders on the 'cross scene is young Belgian Bart Wellens from Vorselaar, current Belgian 'cross champ and star of his own reality TV show, "Wellens en Wee". His enthusiastic supporters travelled from Belgium to Treviso to pump for Bart.

One of the most popular riders on the 'cross scene is young Belgian Bart Wellens from Vorselaar, current Belgian 'cross champ and star of his own reality TV show, "Wellens en Wee". His enthusiastic supporters travelled from Belgium to Treviso to pump for Bart.
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More Wellens supporters and their "unique" sartorial style.

More Wellens supporters and their "unique" sartorial style.
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Wellens' Ridley includes an integrated seatmast.

Wellens' Ridley includes an integrated seatmast.
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Smilin' Mass man Tim Johnson rode to glory this season winning the US 'Cross Nationals and donning the Captain America stars and stripes.

Smilin' Mass man Tim Johnson rode to glory this season winning the US 'Cross Nationals and donning the Captain America stars and stripes.
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Johnson's signature Cannondale XTJ uses an Optimo aluminum frame and Easton carbon fibre fork, all powered by SRAM's Red groupset shown here with spiffy yellow brake hoods that match the XTJ's color scheme.

Johnson's signature Cannondale XTJ uses an Optimo aluminum frame and Easton carbon fibre fork, all powered by SRAM's Red groupset shown here with spiffy yellow brake hoods that match the XTJ's color scheme.
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Like Page, Johnson also opts to go without bar top-mounted brake levers.

Like Page, Johnson also opts to go without bar top-mounted brake levers.
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Rabobank's other ginormous Dutch crossman Gerben DeKnecht waits for his mechanic to fill up the spares. DeKnecht told Cyclingnews that he was running 1.65 bar of tire pressure in Treviso, well above his usual 1.35 bar.

Rabobank's other ginormous Dutch crossman Gerben DeKnecht waits for his mechanic to fill up the spares. DeKnecht told Cyclingnews that he was running 1.65 bar of tire pressure in Treviso, well above his usual 1.35 bar.
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DeKnecht's bike is also equipped with the elongated seat lug along with the same improvised rear brake cable routing. The accompanying carbon seatpost must be slotted through at least some of its length at the bottom.

DeKnecht's bike is also equipped with the elongated seat lug along with the same improvised rear brake cable routing. The accompanying carbon seatpost must be slotted through at least some of its length at the bottom.
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The Cannondale of Liquigas pro Enrico Franzoi is similar to that of Johnson with an Optimo aluminium frame and Easton carbon fork, but is finished with Campagnolo Bora (labeled 'Fulcrum') hoops and a fi'zi:k Arione saddle.

The Cannondale of Liquigas pro Enrico Franzoi is similar to that of Johnson with an Optimo aluminium frame and Easton carbon fork, but is finished with Campagnolo Bora (labeled 'Fulcrum') hoops and a fi'zi:k Arione saddle.
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Campagnolo supplies Liquigas with its team-only levers, attached to a set of FSA handlebars and matching stem.

Campagnolo supplies Liquigas with its team-only levers, attached to a set of FSA handlebars and matching stem.
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Laurence Leboucher's Look 'cross bike features a carbon fibre chain guard.

Laurence Leboucher's Look 'cross bike features a carbon fibre chain guard.
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World 'Cross champion 2025? Thibault Nys, son of Belgian 'cross great Sven Nys, is already a two-wheeled terror like his father and is reportedly already tearing up the BMX track, just like Papa Sven did at his age.

World 'Cross champion 2025? Thibault Nys, son of Belgian 'cross great Sven Nys, is already a two-wheeled terror like his father and is reportedly already tearing up the BMX track, just like Papa Sven did at his age.
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With 40,000 cross fans over two days and good weather, the 2008 UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships ended with a celebratory spray of confetti.

With 40,000 cross fans over two days and good weather, the 2008 UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships ended with a celebratory spray of confetti.
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Race Tech: 2008 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships, February 16, 2008

With 40,000 'cross fans over two days and good weather, the 2008 UCI World Cyclo-cross Championships in Treviso, Italy ended with a celebratory spray of confetti. After a great weekend of racing at the reclaimed gravel pit of Le Bandie, Cyclingnews combed the team boxes for new and interesting cyclo-cross equipment.

World 'Cross Champion Hanka Kupfernagel is German through and through: she was voted the country's most popular women's rider and is sponsored by Focus Bicycles, a German brand created by her partner Mike Kluge, who has also won the 'Cross Worlds on several occassions. Kupfernagel's Cross Team frame is a fairly standard machine, foregoing carbon fiber for more conventional triple butted 7005 aluminium configured in a classic 'cross design. SRAM has sponsored the star since 2006 and Kupfernagel rode the Chicago company's new Red groupset to its first ever 'cross world championship, with Red levers poised on an FSA bar and stem and mated to a Force crankset and rear mech.

One year after capturing the U23 world 'cross championship, Dutchman Lars Boom added the men's elite title to his palmares as he rode his Colnago C50 'Cross across the line to victory in Italy. The purpose-built C50 'Cross differs from the standard C50 road model in both geometry and design with different tubing specs and a 'cross-specific fork and rear triangle with extra clearance for wider tires. A "Freuler"-style elongated seat lug provides additional seatpost support for a more stable and rigid ride, but the extension also allows room for the unusual rear brake cable routing, which is run directly through the seat tube via a stainless tube borrowed from a linear pull mountain bike brake. Boom's bike was fitted with a Dura-Ace carbon fibre wheelset and 10-speed drivetrain with narrowly spaced 42/46T chainrings up front, a 12-25T cassette and XTR SPD pedals.

Belgian champion Bart Wellens was using Ridley's newest X-Night equipped with an integrated post and sharp-edged styling akin to the company's road-going Noah. Component choices include a Shimano Dura-Ace drivetrain, Challenge Grifo tubulars and a host of bits from 4ZA, the parts arms of Ridley. Wellens is famous not only for his riding but also now for his exploits on-screen with his Belgian reality TV show, "Wellens en Wee". Enthusiastic supporters weren't satisfied with just watching Wellens on television for the race, though, as they made the journey from Belgium to Treviso.

American Jonathan Page of New Hampshire was runner-up in the 2007 Elite 'Cross Worlds but unfortunately had to settle on a less than satisfying season this year. Like Wellens, Page's Sunweb team is sponsored by Ridley but Page competed aboard the existing X-Night model instead of the updated version.

Fellow New Englander Tim Johnson had better success this season, winning the US 'Cross Nationals and earning the coveted stars and stripes jersey. Johnson piloted his signature-model Cannondale XTJ, equipped with an Optimo aluminum frame and Easton carbon fibre fork all powered by SRAM's Red groupset. Spiffy yellow brake hoods neatly match the XTJ's color scheme.

Liquigas pro Enrico Franzoi is also sponsored by Cannondale and like Johnson, Franzoi's machine has an Optimo aluminum frame and Easton carbon fibre fork. Franzoi's bike is outfitted differently, though, with Fulcrum RacingSpeed carbon fibre hoops, a fi'zi:k Arione saddle, red-accented team-only Campagnolo Record levers, and an FSA bar and stem.