Styby wins Skoda Cycling Challenge

Styby wins Skoda Cycling Challenge

Zdenek won the Skoda Cycling Challenge today. Our champion beat his countrymen Alois Kankovsky and Jaroslav Kulhavy in the streets of Prague. “It was a short, but difficult race. I’m happy I was able to win.”
The Skoda Cycling Challenge was a 70 kilometer race for professionals and amateurs. The riders faced a course that featured three climbs. “We rode really fast and it looked like a sprint would decide the race.”
With track world champion Alois Kankovsky in the group, Styby didn’t think he had much of a chance to win. “That’s why I kept attacking on the climbs. The group was reduced to 15 riders and a little while later there were only seven left.”
By the end of the race, the group was reduced to three champions: Styby, Kankovsky and new mountain bike world champion, Jaroslav Kulhavy. “I had to get rid of them if I wanted to win. With 1,500 meters to go, I decided to take a chance and I was gone.”
Styby crossed the finish line first with a small lead and is now ready for the new cyclocross season. “This was really a test for next week,” he said after the race. “I’m already looking forward to it.”

Photo Š Michal Cerveny (www.mtbs.cz)

By on 18/09/2011