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by Mark Zalewski
January 12, 2017
In today’s CyclingTips Daily News Digest: Cam Meyer heads UniSA-Australia Tour Down Under lineup; Sarah Storey says UCI was warned about short notice for track championships; Albert responds to Mathieu van der Poel insult; Adri van der Poel responds to Neils Albert’s critcism; Stybar ready for 2017 season; British Cycling announces UCI Cyclocross World ; Paul Voss retires after not finding a new team; Patrick Gretsch announces retirement; Assen to host 2017 INAS world championships; Handcyclist versus fixie; Fixie in a winter wonderland.
After a short detour into cyclocross during Belgium’s Kerstperiode, Zdenek Stybar said he is ready for the road in 2017, despite many hoping he would turn-up at the World Championships in Luxembourg at the end of the month.
Zdenek Stybar (Etixx – Quickstep) pictured during Azencross in Loenhout .
“That really is not going to happen,” he told Het Nieuwsblad. “If I would have felt I could compete with the best, I would consider it, but certainly not now. It also can not be combined with my road programme. If I could stay a few weeks racing cyclocross I’d miss much needed training days on the road.
“But next year I want to do more cross races than this year. Two or three races would be nice. Though it remains difficult because the best and most frequent events are in the Christmas period and that’s the only time of year that I can spend a little time with my family. So I still have to see how I can find a balance in there.”
The former world champion raced in two events this cyclocross season, finishing 18th in Loenhout and tenth in Bredene.
“I was amused at how super hard ‘cross was this season. I had not prepared and rode like an amateur. In Loenhout I tried to sit up front and it obviously blew me up. For two or three laps I was able to maintain that pace, but then I paid the price. I drove for the first time with disc brakes in the field and my technique was a rough. Bredene it all went better, but to get really top level you have to race for at least ten races.”
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