Czech rider Zdenek Stybar came out on top of a close-fought battle with defending cyclo-cross world champion Sven Nys (Belgium) in the elite men’s race on Sunday in Hoogerheide, Netherlands.
Stybar and Nys had taken turns at the front of the race, alternately attacking and chasing. But it was Stybar’s final lap move that stuck, netting him his third world title in the discipline.
Nys’s Belgian team-mate Kevin Pauwels completed the podium in third. British rider Ian Field finished in 29th spot, with David Fletcher coming home a lap down.
Before the elite men’s race, the under-23 men’s event was won by Wout Van Aert (Belgium) after he left his rivals on the first lap and soloed to victory.
Van Aert’s compatriot Michael Vanthourenhout took silver, with Mathieu Van Der Poel (Netherlands) in the bronze medal position.
Steven James was the highest-placed British rider, coming home in 29th spot.
Elite men, cyclo-cross world championship 2014
1. Zdenek Stybar (Czech Republic) in 1-05-29
2. Sven Nys (Belgium) at 12 secs
3. Kevin Pauwels (Belgium) at 40 secs
4. Klaas Vantornout (Belgium) at 59 secs
5. Tom Meeusen (Belgium) at 1-07
6. Lars Van Der Haar (Netherlands) at 1-22
7. Rob Peeters (Belgium) at 1-43
8. Francis Mourey (France) at 1-53
9. Radomir Simunek (Czech Republic) at 2-04
10. Wietse Bosmans (Belgium) at 2-11
Britain’s Steven James in the under-23 men’s race
Under-23 winner Wout Van Aert
Top Brit: Ian Field
Nys and Stybar fight it out
Zdenek Stybar crosses the line in celebration after taking the elite men’s title
Nys, Stybar and Pauwels