Cyclocross

Zdenek Stybar to race two cyclocross events

Coming off of a road season that was cut short by a violent crash, the cyclocross world champion plans two 'cross races for October

Current UCI world cyclocross champion Zdenek Stybar will extend his season briefly, as he adds two cyclocross races to close out a 2014 campaign dented by injury.

He will finish his season on the road with the Tour de l’Eurometropole but will also take part in the first two cyclocross events for the season, the BPost Bank Trofee Ronse on October 12 and the Ardooie Cyclocross on October 16, according to his team, Omega Pharma-Quick Step.

The accident I had at the Eneco Tour made me miss the better part of the road season,” Stybar said in a team-issued press release. “This is why at the end of the season I still have the motivation to race. When I was offered the chance to race in the first two cross events of the season I jumped at it. It will be wonderful to wear the rainbow jersey, jump on my Specialized Crux and compete. I can’t wait. … I really want to enjoy these two cross events and then disconnect for a while before the start of the new season.”

He also looked forward to the upcoming cyclocross season, which is yet to be defined for the reigning champ.

“It’s still too soon right now to say where I’ll be and how much I’ll race during next winter,” Stybar said. “We’ll make up a schedule with the team like we did last year that will allow me to line up for the start of some cross races before the road racing season gets underway.”