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Gallery: Stybar wins Boonen and Friends charity race

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Zdenek Stybar wins the race

Zdenek Stybar wins the race
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The podium: Maarten Wynants, Zdenek Stybar, Pieter Vanspeybrouck

The podium: Maarten Wynants, Zdenek Stybar, Pieter Vanspeybrouck
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Zdenek Stybar waves to the crowd.

Zdenek Stybar waves to the crowd.
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Peter Sagan gets some advice

Peter Sagan gets some advice
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Winner Zdenek Stybar

Winner Zdenek Stybar
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Zdenek Stybar shows off his bike handling skills

Zdenek Stybar shows off his bike handling skills
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Zdenek Stybar takes the victory

Zdenek Stybar takes the victory
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Peter Sagan

Peter Sagan
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Two Omega Pharma Quick Step racers run with their bikes.

Two Omega Pharma Quick Step racers run with their bikes.
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Pieter Vanspeybrouck runs with his bike.

Pieter Vanspeybrouck runs with his bike.
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Zdenek Stybar

Zdenek Stybar
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Zdenek Stybar cruises on the beach.

Zdenek Stybar cruises on the beach.
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Peter Sagan's mountain bike background may have come in handy in these conditions.

Peter Sagan's mountain bike background may have come in handy in these conditions.
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Peter Sagan in action

Peter Sagan in action
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Plenty of spectators came out to watch.

Plenty of spectators came out to watch.
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The racers sure looked like they were having fun.

The racers sure looked like they were having fun.
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There was a lot of crashing.

There was a lot of crashing.
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Peter Sagan in the sand.

Peter Sagan in the sand.
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Two ProTour riders in the san

Two ProTour riders in the san
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A Katusha racer struggles in the sand.

A Katusha racer struggles in the sand.
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Zdenek Stybar rides through the sand.

Zdenek Stybar rides through the sand.
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Maarten Wynants powers through the sand.

Maarten Wynants powers through the sand.
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Pieter Vanspeybrouck goes down

Pieter Vanspeybrouck goes down
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Dismounts and remounts were tricky in the sand.

Dismounts and remounts were tricky in the sand.
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At least the sand provided a soft landing.

At least the sand provided a soft landing.
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Zdenek Stybar runs through the sand.

Zdenek Stybar runs through the sand.
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Running with the bike was one tactic for dealing with the sand.

Running with the bike was one tactic for dealing with the sand.
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A Quick Step rider in action.

A Quick Step rider in action.
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Racers along the coast

Racers along the coast
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Maarten Wynants

Maarten Wynants
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Like a 24-hour MTB race, riders ran to their bikes at the start.

Like a 24-hour MTB race, riders ran to their bikes at the start.
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Ready, set, go.

Ready, set, go.
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Riders lined up for the start. Lots of teams were represented.

Riders lined up for the start. Lots of teams were represented.
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There was time to sign autographs.

There was time to sign autographs.
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Former 'cross world champion Zdenek Stybar won the Tom Boonen and Friends Charity Cyclo-cross on Saturday afternoon in Belgium. Maarten Wynants and Pieter Vanspeybrouck rounded out the top three while Matteo Trentin was fourth and Peter Sagan rode to fifth.

"That was fun! thanks to all supporters!" tweeted Stybar after his victory, "...have to say that it was not easy. I've enjoyed [it] a lot!"

Held for the fourth time, the race benefitted the charity Move to Improve, which helps children with neuromotor problems.

The race's namesake, Tom Boonen, had to sit out the race. He is continuing to recover from the stomach illness that kept him out of the Omega Pharma-Quick Step team camp earlier this week.