Zdenek Stybar and Marianne Vos Win World Cyclo-cross Championships
Hoogerhiede, Netherlands proved a battleground where Czech superstar, Zdenek Stybar and defending champion Marianne Vos dominated the field at the 2014 UCI Cyclo-cross World Championships.
The men’s race boiled down to the final lap when the eventual champion Stybar steamed away from defending champion Sven Nys for his third career world championship. Stybar was able to avoid mistakes and remain on his bike through a detrimental muddy section on the final lap, while Nys had to jump off and run, ultimately giving the decision to Stybar. The final move gave Stybar a 12-second advantage over Nys who took the silver medal in the Netherlands. Kevin Pauwels rounded out the podium coming in 40 second after the race winner.
“This is my third world championship,” Stybar said. “The first one you can’t compare. It was in front of my home crowd in the Czech Republic, my first one, and until now still the peak of my career. This world championship is of course still really nice and I really appreciate the opportunity to be World Champion again."
On the women’s side, it was no surprise as Cyclo-cross superstar Marianne Vos won yet another world title. The Dutchwoman successfully defended her title with ease in front of her home crowd, crushing the competition. Vos completed the race over a minute ahead of eventual second place finisher Eva Lechner of Italy and Helen Wyman of Great Britain who completed the podium 1 minute 17 seconds down. This was her sixth straight UCI Women’s Elite Cyclo-cross World Championship and 7th career title.
“That was amazing,” Vos said after the race. “From last week I felt really good. I knew I had a good chance. It’s great to win here in the Netherlands.”