Stybar wins Tervuren ’cross

Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) wins the Fidea Cyclocross Tervuren in Belgium.

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Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) won the Fidea Cyclocross Tervuren on Sunday in Belgium.

Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet-Colnago) took second with Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) third.

American Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) finished 11th. Photo: AFP

With two laps to go on the icy, rutted course Stybar had a 25-second gap over a three-man chase comprising Nys, Pauwels and world champion Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus), the winner here last year.

But Albert was forced into the pits for a bike change after a mechanical and lost contact with the chase, and Nys drove it forward.

Going into the last lap Stybar had padded his lead slightly, to 28 seconds over Nys and Pauwels, with Albert trailing at 41 seconds.

Nys gapped Pauwels on the final go-round, taking a gap of five seconds as the leaders worked their way through lapped riders.

Nys was closing in on Stybar, but the leader would not be caught. He crossed the line alone, just a handful of seconds ahead of Nys, with Pauwels third at 16 seconds back. Albert finished fifth, crossing with a small group at 26 seconds back.

American Jonathan Page (Planet Bike) finished 11th  at 1:40.

Race note: It was a good day at work for Telenet-Fidea. The squad put five riders in the top 10 — Stybar, Pauwels, Tom Meeusen, Petr Dlask and Rob Peeters.

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