Zdenek Stybar suffers through Cyclo-cross Worlds after late entry

OOSTENDE BELGIUM JANUARY 31 Zdenek Stybar of Czech Republic Sea Sand Beach during the 72nd UCI CycloCross World Championships Oostende 2021 Men Elite UCICX CXWorldCup Ostend2021 CX on January 31 2021 in Oostende Belgium Photo by Luc ClaessenGetty Images
Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) (Image credit: Getty Images Sport)

Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) quickly made up ground from a challenging start position at the Cyclo-cross World Championships but ultimately it wasn’t enough to help him push close to the front of the field and overcome a lack of racing throughout the season. 

Stybar – who won Cyclo-cross Worlds in 2010, 2011 and 2014 – hadn’t planned to race cyclo-cross at all this season, let alone at Ostend, after a late finish to his road season. However, as COVID-19 pandemic related cancellations pushed back his road start date for 2021 the Czech rider decided to join the fray just as the season reached its peak. Without a season of racing behind him, and the points that come from results in those races, Stybar started at the back of the grid at the sandy course on the banks of the North Sea. Still, the opening moments of the Belgian race went “reasonably well” for Stybar who quickly managed to work his way up the field of 44 riders. 

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