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Gallery: Familiar formula for 2013 Superprestige

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The sun sets on the Superprestige

The sun sets on the Superprestige
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Tom Meeusen airs it out in Ruddervoorde.

Tom Meeusen airs it out in Ruddervoorde.
(Image credit: Lorenz Deschuyttere/FotoLorenz.be)
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Sven Nys won his 60th Superprestige race in Hoogstraten

Sven Nys won his 60th Superprestige race in Hoogstraten
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The Superprestige Diegem was held in the dark in 2011

The Superprestige Diegem was held in the dark in 2011
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The late season 'cross races are frequently the coldest

The late season 'cross races are frequently the coldest
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It was snowy for the Superprestige Hoogstraten in 2012

It was snowy for the Superprestige Hoogstraten in 2012
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The bunch lined out in Ruddervoorde

The bunch lined out in Ruddervoorde
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Belgian champion Sven Nys in Ruddervoorde

Belgian champion Sven Nys in Ruddervoorde
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The days grow shorter, and the light is low and golden as Niels Albert and Sven Nys battle in Zonhoven

The days grow shorter, and the light is low and golden as Niels Albert and Sven Nys battle in Zonhoven
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Niels Albert in his world championship stripes at Zonhoven

Niels Albert in his world championship stripes at Zonhoven
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Zonhoven offers varied terrain

Zonhoven offers varied terrain
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The Superprestige races pack the crowds in

The Superprestige races pack the crowds in
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Niels Albert powers over the hill in Hamme Zogge

Niels Albert powers over the hill in Hamme Zogge
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Hamme Zogge attracts large crowds for the Superprestige

Hamme Zogge attracts large crowds for the Superprestige
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The stairs are a decisive point in the race in Hamme Zogge

The stairs are a decisive point in the race in Hamme Zogge
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Sven Nys proved best in the mud of Asper-Gavere in 2012

Sven Nys proved best in the mud of Asper-Gavere in 2012
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Sven Nys tackles the Hoogstraten Superprestige

Sven Nys tackles the Hoogstraten Superprestige
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Mechanics work overtime on cleaning bikes in the Supeprestige

Mechanics work overtime on cleaning bikes in the Supeprestige
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Crowds come out by the tens of thousands for the Superprestige

Crowds come out by the tens of thousands for the Superprestige
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Sven Nys has 60 career Superprestige wins

Sven Nys has 60 career Superprestige wins
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Sven Nys in the dunes of Zonhoven

Sven Nys in the dunes of Zonhoven
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(Image credit: Bettini Photo)
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Niels Albert came to grief in the sand pit at Ruddervoorde last year.

Niels Albert came to grief in the sand pit at Ruddervoorde last year.
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) takes his 56th Superprestige win in Ruddervoorde in 2012

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) takes his 56th Superprestige win in Ruddervoorde in 2012
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Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) in the deep Zonhoven sand

Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) in the deep Zonhoven sand
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Huge crowds turned out in Zonhoven for the second round of the Superprestige series

Huge crowds turned out in Zonhoven for the second round of the Superprestige series
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A year after a serious crash at the Gavere Superprestige event, Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus) soloed to victory.

A year after a serious crash at the Gavere Superprestige event, Niels Albert (BKCP - Powerplus) soloed to victory.
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Belgian Champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner)

Belgian Champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet - Tönissteiner)
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Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner)

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Tönissteiner)
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The Superprestige Gieten finale was a three-man race between Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) and Sunweb-Revor teammates Kevin Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout.

The Superprestige Gieten finale was a three-man race between Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-KDL) and Sunweb-Revor teammates Kevin Pauwels and Klaas Vantornout.
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Niels Albert on the way to his fourth straight win in the Diegem Superprestige

Niels Albert on the way to his fourth straight win in the Diegem Superprestige
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Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team finished in 6th

Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team finished in 6th
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Sven Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Projob)

Sven Vanthourenhout (Sunweb-Projob)
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After winning last week's 'cross on Middelkerke this is the second victory of the season for Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor).

After winning last week's 'cross on Middelkerke this is the second victory of the season for Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor).
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Sven Nys celebrated Superprestige win #60 in Hoogstraten 2013

Sven Nys celebrated Superprestige win #60 in Hoogstraten 2013
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The crowds were intense at the Superprestige in Hamme-Zogge

The crowds were intense at the Superprestige in Hamme-Zogge
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The 2013-2014 Hansgrohe Superprestige was presented this week with a promise to stick to the formula which has made the eight-race series one of the most prestigious over its 31 year history.

Organiser Etienne Gevaert took a dig at the bpost Bank Trofee, which introduced a time classification and bonus sprints last season, stating, "We do not like innovations. We will not manipulate the races with an intermediate sprint", according to cyclo-cross.info.

The eight-race series gets underway next weekend in Ruddervoorde, then heads to the sand dunes of Zonhoven before moving on to the lung-busting stairs of Hamme-Zogge, the slick off-camber turns of Gavere and on to the only Dutch round in Gieten in November. The holiday race in Diegem takes place on December 29, then the series takes a break until after the world championships with its season closers in Hoogstraten and Middelkerke in February.

There will be course changes to the rounds in Gieten and Diegem. The race in the Netherlands will move to its previous location along the Nyslootsweg, ensuring a sandy course, while the organisers' attempts to create and indoor course in Hoogstraten wasn't approved by the UCI, so the course will be a flat ride through the meadow.

Expect world champion Sven Nys to battle for his 13th overall series victory. The Belgian won his 60th Superprestige race in Hoogstraten earlier this year en route to series win number 12.

There are also series classifications for juniors and U23 men, but no series overall for women.

2013-2014 Hansgrohe Superprestige
October 27, 2013: Ruddervoorde
November 3, 2013: Zonhoven
November 10, 2013: Hamme-Zogge
November 17, 2013: Gavere
November 24, 2013: Gieten
December 29, 2013: Diegem
February 9, 2014: Hoogstraten
February 15, 2014: Middelkerke