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Enjoy it while it lasts: Zdenek Stybar's final full cross season

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Somewhere in Oudenaarde, Albertina is crying bitter tears. Belgian newspaper GVA - them of the GVA-series - is headlining with the news that Zdenek Stybar has made up his mind: this will be his final full cross season. As of next year, he'll "take an example from Lars Boom."

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"This is my final full wintercampange", says the world champion. "It isn't that bad: I'm top three in every one of the series."

More translations below the jump.

"When I was in Calpe with the rest of the team, I was amazed at the way in which things worked in the team. When I saw how my teammates prepared for their road season, I made up my mind: this is what I want. I may only get one chance at a WorldTour-team. I owe it to myself to take full advantage of it."

"For the next few weeks I'll keep on doing what I do, among other things because I would like to become world champ again in Koksijde. But this will be - for now at least - my final full wintercampagne."

"But I won't turn my back on cyclocross completely. Starting next year I would like to used Lars Boom as an example for me. He uses cross as a part of his preparation for the road season. Lars combines what is fun with what is useful, and I plan to do the same. If I were to fail on the road, I can still go back to cross fulltime, but for now that's not part of the plan."

Stybs' picture by me