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by Mark Zalewski
December 22, 2016
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Three-time cyclocross UCI World Champion Zdenek Stybar will return for two races during Belgium’s Kerstperiode next week before turning his focus to the road season. The 31-year-old will race in Loenhout, where he won in 2008, and in Bredene, where he won in 2010 and 2013.
“I’m very happy to be back in cyclocross after one year,” he said. “It will be great to get the taste of racing there and have the old feelings come back.
“Of course, after switching my priority to road in the past years, I can’t promise that I’ll be a factor in the fight for victory, especially as there’s a strong field there, with many riders which are fully focused on cyclocross. I just want to enjoy these races and do my best.”
Stybar said similar things in 2014 when he entered a couple of races in January, followed by the World Championships where he took his third win, even though he had to start mid-pack. However, this time around he is limiting his cyclocross racing, and will not include the World Championships.
Loenhout will take place on December 29 and Bredene one day later. After these events, Zdenek will travel to Calpe, where he’ll continue his build-up for next season with his Quick-Step Floors team.