Phantasy! First in Roubaix!

Phantasy! First in Roubaix!

Styby showed great form in WC race in Roubaix. He won and became new leader of World Cup. He has advantage 14 points on second Niels Albert.
It was fourth World Cup win for Styby in his career and third in this season: before Roubaix ha won race in Koksijde and Igorre. He needs to beat Niels Albert in last race in Hoogerheide and does not matter on which place he will finnish. But when Niels will win, Styby needs to be at least second. Third place won’t be enough, because there is 80 points for win and 65 points for 3rd place.

Will you count a lot?
No. There is a hard track in Hoogerheide and better of us will win World Cup. I would like to keep white jersey of leader, but we will see. It is only sport.

What about Niels Albert today. Was a broken rib a big handicap for him?
I don’t think so. His psyche broke him today. We was at the leading group for the half of the race, but he lost power and made several mistakes.

Did you believe for the win?
Not too much. I had hard training week in Mallorca, I travelled 10 hours on Saturday. I was second in Roubaix last year behind Erwin Vervecken, but I did not know what to expect now. There was a lot of running today, but I made a good job.

What was the key moment of the race?
I had bad feelings at the third and fourth lap, my legs were heavy. But then I moved to the lead and was there alone. Bart Wellens caught me and we were there two from one team. I knew, that he can help me. He started to lose little and told me: go. It gave me a lot of power.

Did you enjoy the last lap?
I knew, that I can’t make a silly mistake. I was concentrated till the end. I enjoyed last metres on velodrome. I had my fan club from Essen there and it was nice. Many thanks for great support.

Results: 1. Zdenek Stybar (Cze) 1:02:19, 2. Klaas Vantornout +8, 3. Sven Nys +16, 4. Erwin Vervecken +25, 5. Bart Wellens +38, ... 8. Niels Albert (all Bel.) +1:32. WC standings: (after 8 races): 1. Zdenek Stybar 565 points, 2. Albert 551, 3. Nys 480.

By on 17/01/2010