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Slow Rider

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Indeed. Today was all cyclocross is about. Brilliant race between multiple competitors in incredibly muddy conditions, just too bad about that finish.

Does say something about the general level of cross that Stybar can instantly compete for the win without any specific training. Then again, Stybar is of course an incredibly talented rider. Half hoping he'll make a full return soon, but I'd love to see him succeed on the road as well..
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  • Echoes

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    He's capitalizing on his freshness. Definitely.

    When a full time crosser, he was among the best but not dominant. So he's probably not head & shoulders above the rest either.

    Albert made a brilliant come back in 2008/2009 after the heavy crash in Asper Gavere. Boom made a brilliant come back in Zolder.

    The other guys have been racing every week since September.
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  • "Paris-Roubaix is the biggest cycling race in the world, bigger than the Tour de France, bigger than any other bike race" (Sir Bradley Wiggins)

    Slow Rider

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    True, perhaps that freshness is why he did so well. Still, Boom could not manage to perform that well when he did a few crosses in his off-season from the road last year.

    Anyway, more than happy to see Stybar do a few races, the Belgians need someone to challenge them.
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