Stybar back on top in Ardooie

The annual Kermiscross in Ardooie came down to a sprint between Zdenek Stybar (Quickstep) and Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet), and as is usual in this case, Stybar emerged victorious for his third win of the year.

The reigning world champion showed he is back on form for the upcoming UCI Cyclo-cross World Cup in his home country. The Czech rider has been nursing a sore knee since his home-town race in Stribro, but seems to be back to full strength after hammering the field into submission in Ardooie.

"I felt good today and went into the race to get the win," Stybar said. He wasn't able to dislodge Nys on the final laps, but handily defeated him in the sprint. "It was a very long sprint. I started the sprint from the front and never relented."

For Nys, the outcome was expected, although he gave it his best try. "When I go Stybar to the finish, I know it will be difficult," Nys said. After having technical problems with his bike in Ruddervoorde, he seemed to believe the issues had been solved. "Everything was fine today. They have done some tinkering with the bike, I had no more problems. Hopefully it remains that way."

The pre-World Cup warm-up was quick from the gun with a strong field of racers> In the second lap, a selection had already been made with Stybar, Jan Denuwelaere (Style & Concept), Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus), Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) and Rob Peeters (Telenet-Fidea).

Peeters' teammate Bart Wellens bridged across halfway through the race with Nys, Philipp Walsleben (BKCP-Powerplus) and Joeri Adams (Telent-Fidea).

With four laps to go, Nys and Stybar shook up the race and no one could follow except Vanthourenhout, but even he had to let go after a time. Vanthourenhout held on for third behind the two 'cross stars, while Wellens jumped away from the chase group to take fourth over Walsleben.

Full Results

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#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet - Fidea1:01:00
2Sven Nys (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 1 - Cell 2
3Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:00:25
4Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:28
5Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus0:00:30
6Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling TeamRow 5 - Cell 2
7Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling TeamRow 6 - Cell 2
8Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-PowerplusRow 7 - Cell 2
9Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea0:00:55
10Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Revor0:01:22
11Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP - Powerplus0:01:26
12Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb RevorRow 11 - Cell 2
13Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike/Blue0:01:30
14Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) AA Cycling Team0:01:50
15Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) CyclingChamps0:01:59
16Stijn Huys (Bel) Orange Babies Cycling TeamRow 15 - Cell 2
17Romain Lejeune (Fra) Uv AubeRow 16 - Cell 2
18Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team0:02:30
19Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 18 - Cell 2
20Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb Revor0:02:40
21Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling TeamRow 20 - Cell 2
22Gianni Denolf (Bel) CyclingChampsRow 21 - Cell 2
23Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys-Evenza TeamRow 22 - Cell 2
24Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) Sunweb - RevorRow 23 - Cell 2
25Bart Hofman (Bel) Afdeling Oost-Vlaanderen WBV - VZWRow 24 - Cell 2
26Kristof Cop (Bel) Cycling Team Kessel0:02:56
27Bjorn Rondelez (Bel) Lingier Versluys Beachbikers VZW0:03:10
28Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team NspRow 27 - Cell 2
29Robby Cobbaert (Bel) A.S.B. Parein-Rogelli Cycling Team0:04:50
30Toon Devenyns (Bel) C.T.- DJ.Matic-Kortrijk0:05:00
31Ritchie Denolf (Bel) Cyclingchamps0:05:10
32Pieter Dewitte (Bel) WC De Molenspurters MeulebekeRow 31 - Cell 2
33Adrien Pascal (Fra) AC BazancourtRow 32 - Cell 2
34Steven De Decker (Bel) Van Goethem/Prorace CTRow 33 - Cell 2
35Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb - Revor TeamRow 34 - Cell 2
36Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb RevorRow 35 - Cell 2
37Vincent Baestaens (Bel) LandbouwkredietRow 36 - Cell 2
38Xandro Meurisse (Bel) CyclingchampsRow 37 - Cell 2

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