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Stybar wins Czech 'cross national title

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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) celebrates his Czech 'cross nats victory

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) celebrates his Czech 'cross nats victory
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Martin Zlamalik (Sunweb-Revor) runs with his bike

Martin Zlamalik (Sunweb-Revor) runs with his bike
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David Kášek (Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) in action.

David Kášek (Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor) in action.
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Vladimír Kyzivát grinds through the mud to 6th.

Vladimír Kyzivát grinds through the mud to 6th.
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Petr Dlask (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) just missed out on the podium.

Petr Dlask (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) just missed out on the podium.
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Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) was the class of the field.

Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) was the class of the field.
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Ondrej Bambula figured strongly in proceedings in the Czech Republic.

Ondrej Bambula figured strongly in proceedings in the Czech Republic.
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Karel Hník finished in 8th place.

Karel Hník finished in 8th place.
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Jaroslav Kulhavy gets out of the saddle.

Jaroslav Kulhavy gets out of the saddle.
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Tomas Paprtska in the early stages of the race.

Tomas Paprtska in the early stages of the race.
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Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) en route to victory.

Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) en route to victory.
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Big crowds at the Czech 'cross championships.

Big crowds at the Czech 'cross championships.
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Jaroslav Kulhavy on his way to finishing 3rd.

Jaroslav Kulhavy on his way to finishing 3rd.
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Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) with Martin Zlámalík and Jaroslav Kulhavy on the podium.

Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) with Martin Zlámalík and Jaroslav Kulhavy on the podium.
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Jaroslav Kulhavy rounded out the podium in 3rd.

Jaroslav Kulhavy rounded out the podium in 3rd.
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Martin Zlámalík crosses the line fo finish 2nd.

Martin Zlámalík crosses the line fo finish 2nd.
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Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) takes the spoils.

Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) takes the spoils.
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Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) crosses the line to win.

Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) crosses the line to win.
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Glory days. Another title for world champion Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team).

Glory days. Another title for world champion Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team).
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Martin Zlámalík could do nothing to stop Zdenek Stybar's march to glory.

Martin Zlámalík could do nothing to stop Zdenek Stybar's march to glory.
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Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) gave another masterful display.

Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) gave another masterful display.
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Petr Dlask at the Czech cyclo-cross championships.

Petr Dlask at the Czech cyclo-cross championships.
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Tomas Paprtska was a strong performer.

Tomas Paprtska was a strong performer.
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Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) was away quickly.

Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) was away quickly.
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Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) was up for the win from the off.

Zdenek Štybar (Telenet-Fidea Cycling Team) was up for the win from the off.
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Tomas Paprtska fought his way to a top 10 finish.

Tomas Paprtska fought his way to a top 10 finish.
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Martin Zlámalík gives chase en route to 2nd place.

Martin Zlámalík gives chase en route to 2nd place.
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David Kášek at the Czech 'cross championships.

David Kášek at the Czech 'cross championships.
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Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Factory Racing) pushes the pace

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Factory Racing) pushes the pace
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Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Factory Racing) runs with his bike

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Factory Racing) runs with his bike
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Elite men's podium for the Czech 'cross nationals

Elite men's podium for the Czech 'cross nationals
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World Champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea)

World Champion Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea)
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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) on a snowy 'cross course

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) on a snowy 'cross course
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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) leads the race

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) leads the race
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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) races toward another national title

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) races toward another national title
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Winner Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea)

Winner Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea)
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Zdenek Stybar's fan club

Zdenek Stybar's fan club
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The finish of the 2011 cyclo-cross Czech nationals

The finish of the 2011 cyclo-cross Czech nationals
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Just after the start of the elite men's race

Just after the start of the elite men's race
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Crowds lined the course

Crowds lined the course
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Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Factory Racing) leads Martin Zlamalik

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Factory Racing) leads Martin Zlamalik
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Elite men's cyclo-cross podium

Elite men's cyclo-cross podium
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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea)

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea)
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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) powers toward the finish

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) powers toward the finish
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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) celebrates his victory

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) celebrates his victory
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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) gets ready to race

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) gets ready to race
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Racers are off and onto lap one

Racers are off and onto lap one
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Martin Zlamalik (Sunweb-Revor) on his way to second place.

Martin Zlamalik (Sunweb-Revor) on his way to second place.
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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) captured a logical win at the Czech national championships in Hlinsko on Saturday afternoon. On a course that combined mud with snow, the 25-year-old world champion rode away from the rest of the pack during the first lap; Stybar wasn't seen again by the others until he stepped onto the podium.

"I was highly motivated at the start and focused. Luckily, I was first on the road right on the first lap, " said Stybar.

Martin Zlamalik (Sunweb-Revor) was happy with his silver medal at almost one minute off Stybar. European mountain bike marathon champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Factory Racing) finished third after working hard to stay near Stybar during the first half of the race.

Highly rated riders like Radomir Simunek (BCKP-Powerplus) and Martin Bina (Budweiser) didn't take the start in Hlinsko due to injuries.

The young Karel Hnik (Telenet-Fidea) had the best start in snowy Hlinkso until the 19-year-old was quickly passed by Stybar on a muddy, uphill stretch. Zlamalik tried to keep up with Stybar but quickly found out it wouldn't happen.

"The track was wet so it was a difficult battle," said Stybar. "Despite the mud, I found the lines to be often changing. It was a constant twisting and turning and uphill and downhill. I knew the course also, because I had previously race it four times."

Kulhavy took over second place from Zlamalik and worked hard to get back to Stybar. For more than a lap, the two were each others match and after three laps, Kulhavy was still riding within 15 seconds from the world champion. From that moment onward, Kulhavy had to recover from his efforts, and Stybar gained ground.

Behind Stybar and Kulhavy, Tomas Paprtska (ExpresCZ-Scott) moved into third place but he had Zlamalik, Petr Dlask (Telenet-Fidea), David Kasek (Budweiser) and Vladimir Kyzivat on his tail.

During the fourth lap, Stybar build up a comfortable 25-second gap on Kulhavy. Chasers Paprtska, Kasek, Kyzivat and Zlamalik were gaining ground on the Kulhavy.

Halfway through the race, Stybar got into traffic, as several riders got lapped by the world champion. With still 20 minutes of racing left, Zlamalik moved up and got within seven seconds of Kulhavy, who trailed Stybar by 36 seconds. In the closing laps, Zlamalik left Kulhavy behind.

The race went well over an hour, and Stybar had time to celebrate his win while finishing his race in front of plenty of fans. The cold and snowy roads didn't deter spectators from coming out to cheer. Zlamalik was clearly delighted with second place, as was Kulhavy with his bronze medal.

Six-time national champion Veteran Dlask rolled across the line in fourth place.

It was Stybar's fifth national title - this third elite after taking two as a junior.

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zdenek Štybar (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team)1:04:45
2Martin Zlámalík (Sunweb - Revor Team)0:00:52
3Jaroslav Kulhavý (Factory Racing Specialized)0:01:19
4Petr Dlask (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team)0:02:04
5David Kášek (Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor)0:02:16
6Vladimír Kyzivát (Johnson Controls Aš Mb)0:02:29
7Tomáš Paprstka (Remerx Cycling Team Kolín)0:02:47
8Karel Hník (Telenet Fidea Cycling Team)0:03:22
9Ondrej Bambula (Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor)0:03:23
10Lubomír Petruš (Kc Hlinsko)0:03:33
11Zdenek Mlynár (Max Cursor)0:03:57
12Michael Boroš (Cyklo Team Budvar Tábor)0:04:50
13Jan Nesvadba (Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec N.N)
14Jirí Friedl (Rubena Birell Specialized)0:05:08
15Filip Eberl (Remerx Cycling Team Kolín)0:05:13
16Radek Polnický (Empella Czech Team)0:05:29
17Marek Rauchfuss (Remerx Cycling Team Kolín)0:05:50
18Karel Nepraš (Ack Stará Ves N. Ondrejnicí)
19Matej Lasák (Max Cursor)
20Ivo Plevák (Max Cursor)
21Lukáš Sáblík (Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec N.N)
22Bretislav Rohel (Bikestyle.Cz)
23Michal Benda (Johnson Controls Aš Mb)
24Tomáš Janošek (Ack Stará Ves N. Ondrejnicí)
25Tomáš Podrazil (Tj Sokol Holé Vrchy)
26Michal Malík (Kc Kooperativa Sg Jablonec N.N)
27Tomáš Barták (Remerx Cycling Team Kolín)
28Jaroslav Musil (Caffenannini.Cz Cycling Mtb Team)
29David Kramár (Kona Cycling Point)
30Viktor Klos (S.K. Jirí Team Ostrava)
31Václav Svatoš (Tj Sokol Holé Vrchy)
32Josef Suchý (Johnson Controls Aš Mb)
33Tomáš Holický (Rbb Invest Jindr. Hradec)

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