13-Nov-2011 Today Zdenek Stybar had a great test on the course for the third race of the Superprestige in Hamme-Zogge (Belgium).
The World Champion from Quick-Step Cycling Team was literally flying on the super-fast route, launching into a solo act during lap number 6 out of 11, thus taking home his first great victory of the season.
Stybar struck like lightning. In no time Stybar built an advantage that varied between 25 and 30 which he managed to maintain to the end in a veritable one-man-show for 5 laps in front of a roaring crowd. Kevin Pauwels came in second and Sven Nys was third.
I’m over the moon for this victory, for me, for the team and for everyone who roots for me during the race,” explained Stybar in the 6th success of his career in a Superprestige test, his second in Hamme-Zogge after his 2009 win. When I attacked I thought someone would be coming with me, instead I wound up alone. At that point I went all out, taking advantage of that instant of uncertainty that usually occurs in the chasing group when a rider attacks. For a few minutes nobody took the initiative and my advantage grew to about 30. In the last laps I gave it everything I had, trying nonetheless to control the race and pace myself so I’d have enough energy left for the final. Ten minutes after the finish I still had cramps. In the final I really also enjoyed the applause from the crowds, who are always extraordinary with me here in Belgium. It was an unforgettable moment. I’m in better shape. I had said that week after week I was feeling better and I was growing. This victory is even perfect for my moral. Now after a little rest I’m going to concentrate on the next Superprestige race. The general classification is short so it’s sure to be a great show for the public.”
Thanks to this success Stybar has moved up to third place in the Superprestige rankings with 37 points, just 5 points from the current leader Niels Albert.