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Gallery: 'Cross Worlds course recon

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Belgium's Yannick Peeters will be a threat for a medal in the junior men's 'cross world championship

Belgium's Yannick Peeters will be a threat for a medal in the junior men's 'cross world championship
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Zdenek Stybar talks tire pressure with his mechanic at the Hoogerheide venue

Zdenek Stybar talks tire pressure with his mechanic at the Hoogerheide venue
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New Zealand's Alexander Revell looks on as Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) rides the Hoogerheide parcours

New Zealand's Alexander Revell looks on as Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) rides the Hoogerheide parcours
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Zdenek Stybar previews the Hoogerheide course in advance of Sunday's elite men's world championship

Zdenek Stybar previews the Hoogerheide course in advance of Sunday's elite men's world championship
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Two-time 'cross world champion Zdenek Stybar pre-rides the Hoogerheide course

Two-time 'cross world champion Zdenek Stybar pre-rides the Hoogerheide course
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Two-time 'cross world champion Zdenek Stybar pre-rides the Hoogerheide course

Two-time 'cross world champion Zdenek Stybar pre-rides the Hoogerheide course
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Zdenek Stybar has made the decision to contest Sunday's elite men's 'cross world championship in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Zdenek Stybar has made the decision to contest Sunday's elite men's 'cross world championship in Hoogerheide, Netherlands
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Zdenek Stybar previews the cyclo-cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Zdenek Stybar previews the cyclo-cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide, Netherlands
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Zdenek Stybar previews the cyclo-cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

Zdenek Stybar previews the cyclo-cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide, Netherlands
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Two-time cyclo-cross world champion Zdenek Stybar checks out the Worlds course in Hoogerheide

Two-time cyclo-cross world champion Zdenek Stybar checks out the Worlds course in Hoogerheide
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Zdenek Stybar will seek his third elite men's 'cross world title on Sunday

Zdenek Stybar will seek his third elite men's 'cross world title on Sunday
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Zdenek Stybar interviewed regarding his decision to contest the 'cross world championship in Hoogerheide on Sunday

Zdenek Stybar interviewed regarding his decision to contest the 'cross world championship in Hoogerheide on Sunday
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Zdenek Stybar confers with a mechanic

Zdenek Stybar confers with a mechanic
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Belgian riders check out the 'cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide

Belgian riders check out the 'cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide
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Belgium's Sanne Cant previews the Hoogerheide course prior to her world championship event on Saturday

Belgium's Sanne Cant previews the Hoogerheide course prior to her world championship event on Saturday
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These businesses should be doing brisk business this weekend in Hoogerheide, Netherlands

These businesses should be doing brisk business this weekend in Hoogerheide, Netherlands
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The perks of being a two-time cyclo-cross world champion

The perks of being a two-time cyclo-cross world champion
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Belgian riders check out the 'cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide

Belgian riders check out the 'cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide
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Dutch riders check out the 'cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide

Dutch riders check out the 'cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide
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UCI cyclo-cross coordinator Peter Van den Abeele at the Hoogerheide venue

UCI cyclo-cross coordinator Peter Van den Abeele at the Hoogerheide venue
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A mud-splattered Zdenek Stybar after riding the 'cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide

A mud-splattered Zdenek Stybar after riding the 'cross Worlds course in Hoogerheide
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Zdenek Stybar confirmed he will contest the elite men's 'cross world championship on Sunday

Zdenek Stybar confirmed he will contest the elite men's 'cross world championship on Sunday
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Zdenek Stybar with Omega Pharma-QuickStep sports director Wilfried Peeters

Zdenek Stybar with Omega Pharma-QuickStep sports director Wilfried Peeters
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With the 2014 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships only days away, riders took advantage of the opportunity to pre-ride the parcours on Thursday.

Perhaps the most high-profile rider out on the course was the Czech Republic's Zdenek Stybar, who made the decision to start Sunday's elite men's world championship after his recon of the circuit in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.

The two-time 'cross world champion has only raced a handful of races this winter as his focus has shifted to the road for his Omega Pharma-QuickStep team, but the 28-year-old Czech found the course to his liking and will seek another rainbow jersey on Sunday.

Most feedback from the riders indicates a faster than normal course at the moment, with only some heavy mud in the lower meadow. Rain is predicted for Saturday's junior men and elite women's races before the skies clear for the men on Sunday so conditions will change rapidly.

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