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Stybar on the road?

I've just switched on my telly on Sporza for Paris Nice, minutes ago and I heard De Cauwer talking about Stybar's abilities on the road and his performances on Spanish amateur races but I don't know where the discussion began. Could someone who watches the race on Sporza tell me?
 
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I've just switched on my telly on Sporza for Paris Nice, minutes ago and I heard De Cauwer talking about Stybar's abilities on the road and his performances on Spanish amateur races but I don't know where the discussion began. Could someone who watches the race on Sporza tell me?

Stybar has indicated that he had received offers for the upcomming season from his own Fidea, Landbouwcrediet, Sunweb AND Quick Step. So this is probably the triggering point of Sporza discussion. I would not be surprized if he moved to a different team, albiet at this stage a transition to road is unlikely. We will see in MAY/JUNE time...
 
Ok thanks a lot.

I've learned about the controversy around a possible transfer to Sunweb ad LBK, while he's still under contract with Fidea but what's your source about Quick Step?

That's certainly an explanation, no doubt.
 
I read a similar article in Dutch. ;)

http://www.hbvl.be/nieuws/sport/wielrennen/aid983922/stybar-droomt-ook-van-ronde-van-vlaanderen.aspx

London MTB is an objective. I guess it will be hard for him to get a selection in the Czech team with the likes of Kuhlavy & co. What are his best performances in that sport?

He however dreams about Flanders in Roubaix and wish he could find a PT team for next year (end of contract with Fidea) that would allow him to race crosses in November but does such a team exist?

Every winter is a copy of the previous one he says and he seems to long for new challenges.

By the way Albert signed a new contract with BKCP until 2014. Does he give his road ambitions?
 
@El Pistolero.

Not 'some spanish race', but better, he did top 10 in the Giro delle Regioni as espoir. Might not tell you something if you don't know much about U23 racing, but it's one of the most important races. And the competition for Stybar that year was: Gesink, Kreuziger, Velits, Ricco and Tony Martin, and that's just among the top 20...

1. [ITA] SESTILI Luigi - 21h06'56" 25
2. [CZE] KREUZIGER Roman - 24" 19
3. [SVK] VELITS Peter KON 26" 15
4. [ESP] GONZALO RAMIREZ Eduardo - 43" 13
5. [BLR] KUNITSKI Andrei - 48" 12
6. [NED] GESINK Robert LOW 48" 11
7. [BEL] JACOBS Pieter BDS 01'01" 10
8. [GER] MUCK Michael - 01'01" 9
9. [CZE] STYBAR Zdenek - 01'18" 8
10. [AUS] CLARKE Simon - 01'34" 7
11. [FRA] MARINO Jean-Marc - 01'42" 0
12. [POL] DABROWSKI Jaroslaw - 02'02" 0
13. [AUT] EIBEGGER Markus - 02'09" 0
14. [ITA] RICCO Riccardo - 02'14" 0
15. [RUS] SINTSOV Anton - 02'26" 0
16. [GER] MARTIN Tony - 02'28" 0
17. [UKR] KONDRUT Vitaly - 02'41" 0
18. [KAZ] DYACHENKO Alexsandr CAP 02'41" 0
19. [POR] SA Rui Filipe Gomes De BPC 02'44" 0
20. [RUS] KALININ Pavel - 02'52" 0

so yeah, the guy has definately got road potential
 
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I read a similar article in Dutch. ;)

http://www.hbvl.be/nieuws/sport/wielrennen/aid983922/stybar-droomt-ook-van-ronde-van-vlaanderen.aspx

London MTB is an objective. I guess it will be hard for him to get a selection in the Czech team with the likes of Kuhlavy & co. What are his best performances in that sport?

IMO if Stybar will improve the technique on MTB, he may be second to Kulhavy for national team as there is several very promising riders, but not on such a top (physical) level.
Also, I am not sure how many riders will be possible to have on start from each country + extra competitors based on points from UCI.

As for results so far, all "summer" (road, MTB) races and results are possible to see on Stybar´s web,
2010: http://zdenekstybar.com/cz/kalendar.php?season=2010
2009: http://zdenekstybar.com/cz/kalendar.php?season=2009

The best in MTB - "Prazske schody" in 2009 win, but he (Stybar) said in TV interview right after the race there was a huge amount of time he was loosing due insufficient technique in downhill section.

Unfortunately, the web has not an english version (full results link under the picture) - http://www.prazskeschody.cz/prazske-schody-vyhral-stybar.htm
+ the video http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/20947129189-cyklistika/ (76min)
 
What did El Pistolero say? His post was deleted. I remember that top10 place in the Giro delle Regioni, and he did win some stages in Spanish races as well. He even finished 2nd in one stage (in Lerida I think) and thought he won. He told it on his website, without taking himself seriously. :D Loved it.


Weird, I often had a look on Styby's website but never noticed these results. Thank you Martina. ;)

By the way, as I understand you're Czech, this is the live coverage of Tabor, I would like to understand what the commentators said about Radomir sr, and what Styby and Radomir jr said in the interview, just shortly. Please.;)
http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/21047129242-cyklistika/

VT4 made a report on it before the race and Styby said when you see how emotional Radomir was when crossing the line, he (Styby) is happier than if he had won himself (and I thought they didn't get on well). And Albert said he may win it the following year but for the first edition of the Simunek Memorial, it's better that way.
 
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Echoes said:
By the way, as I understand you're Czech, this is the live coverage of Tabor, I would like to understand what the commentators said about Radomir sr, and what Styby and Radomir jr said in the interview, just shortly. Please.;)
http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/ivysilani/21047129242-cyklistika/

VT4 made a report on it before the race and Styby said when you see how emotional Radomir was when crossing the line, he (Styby) is happier than if he had won himself (and I thought they didn't get on well). And Albert said he may win it the following year but for the first edition of the Simunek Memorial, it's better that way.

OK, it may be a lenghty report:
Commentators about RS Sr.:
1. overview - best rider in CZ history, 1980 junior WCH, 83+84 amateur WCH, then problems with inflamation od heart muscle (lead sometimes into retirment), but came back even stronger, in 1991 elite WCH (1st rider to collect all titles).
1992 - car accident with 3 people dead, which did influenced him and mentally he was never able to push so far again.
After retirement he concentrated on training, in August 2010 died, only 48 years old.

2. personal experience of second commentator is Ondrej Lukes ( http://www.cyclingarchives.com/coureurfiche.php?coureurid=9690 ), junior WCH from 1991, who was helped by RS sr. - with CZ juniors he went through the track and showed to them all turns and sand pits and how to get the best line through, so big inspiring idol, very helpfull as supervisor and teacher and very accurate in preparation for every single race.
 
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Echoes said:
what Styby and Radomir jr said in the interview

Interview with RS Jr. before race: It will be the toughest race of my life, I will give all I can, I am glad it is in Tabor as local organizers always prepare the best conditions. (+ comment: he won world cup race there in 2006).
"Thinking of you, dad" on the bike - I was always connected to my dad and on the bike I´m giving my hardest physical outputs, so when you are tired and there is not much deeper you can dig, you just look at the motto on the frame and it gives me a huge amount of mental strenght. I spend a lot of time on the bike, so I´m still with him.

After race:
I was overmotivetad, with very complicated time before start, very emotional, when mother and younger brother got flowers I got tiers into my eyes. But with the start gun it was exactly as dad always said, it all fell away and first 3-4 laps I had totally free legs and I could do whatever whenever I wanted, but my father if alive would not be pleased and probably would give me a slating for such a hotheaded start, this is something he would never do. But I was thinking of him almost all the time of the race and I could race with much more ease than any time before.
The attack before finish - prepared atack, as Christopher is very good on road, I felt good in the last turns before asphalt so I decided it was the place to attack there and it turned out well.
This winn should help in upcomming races, going to Mallorca w/Styby, Dlask to train as I have a lot of work still to do on myself.

Echoes said:
VT4 made a report on it before the race and Styby said when you see how emotional Radomir was when crossing the line, he (Styby) is happier than if he had won himself (and I thought they didn't get on well). And Albert said he may win it the following year but for the first edition of the Simunek Memorial, it's better that way.

later from print+TV - interview w/Styby: about the same you have written + "it was not good enough even for third place, I almost didnt´t sleep as I went to bed at 1 AM after Belgian TV show (BTW show attended also by Niels Albert, who was talked to race in Tabor by team-mate RS Jr.) and had to wake up at 5 AM to catch the plane, and this is not the best preparation for race. Today it was important race for Radek, so I am happier than to win myself."

finally, my comment:
Don´t forget Styby got to cyklocross thanks to RS Sr., there was a group of Kreuziger, Rabon, Stybar (and others) in Plzen training group, they all started together and are freinds. Kreuziger and Rabon till now are sometimes playing ice hockey in Plzen in the winter (don´t know about Styby, if he does too, but I doubt as CX season is in full). I never heard of any rivality between them, incl. RS Jr.
 
That was really interesting. Thank you. :) I didn't know Rado sr did so much for the further generations.

What I've heard about Rado jr was comments by the commentators from Sporza during the last Worlds. Perhaps, it was wishful thinking from their part.

When Stybar punctured, they wondered what Simunek would do because they thought they did not get on well. And when Radomir went in front obviously slowing down the pace, Paul Herijgers, co commentator, would say "if he doesn't do that for Stybar, than it will be for Albert." :D

And then in Vorselaar, when the Superprestige was decided, Simunek and Nys were fighting for the 3rd place. Nys would take risk in trying to overtake him on the snow and complain at a manoeuvre from Radomir before they both crashed. He also complained about several manoeuvres of his, that he did off cameras. Simunek defended himself saying he tried to defend his 3rd place. I rather think he was right. Nys is a rider who usually takes a lot of risks.

But the commentators from VT4, that time, implied that Simunek has a reputation for having his temper and not being really fair-play and that he is not really liked by many riders.

These are little things I've heard but I won't judge him. I don't know the whole story and I rather like him anyway. :)
 
A Stybar interview in French on Cyclism'Actu :):

http://www.cyclismactu.net/news-int...17_en_avez_jamais_assez_de_vaincre-10510.html

Basically, he confirms that he's contact with road teams but doesn't say who. He says he'll never drop cyclocross in order to reach his objectives on the road because cross is the best preparation for road and you can combine both, if you find the best balance.

It's very hard to compete in Flanders or Roubaix because you have to train specifically for such races but he dreams to be at the start.

He also says he's never fed up of winning in cyclocross, such a great feeling (he contradicts himself if you read the article posted by Royalpig, here!).

And one of the best quote to me:
"Vous savez, les championnats du Monde sont une course comme les autres. Il n’y a pas de course d’équipe, chacun court pour lui." "You know, the Worlds are a race like any other races. There's no team strategy, everybody races for himself."

This will shut the mouth to those who argued that Albert benefitted from the Belgian team strategy behind, in 2009. And it's so true.
 
It reminds me of the time of Spaar-Select bankruptcy. Wellens was then the World's best crosser and Lefevere was already interested in him. But had Wellens chosen for Quick Step, van Kasteren would never have been able to keep the group and find a new sponsor. A few weeks later, he found Fidea.
 
Styby officially signed for Quick Step today and is relieved that the drama came to an end before Sankt Wendel. The contract starts off on March 1. His first race with Quick Step probably be either the Tour of Belgium or the Tour of California. No classics this year. Obviously they're too close to the end of the cross season (though De Vlaeminck made the transition very comfortably :p).

I hope he won't drop the cross season from now on. Probably his schedule would understandably be lighter in the winter but I don't think he'll drop it all. After all he deliberately looked for a team that would allow him to ride in the prairie's in the winter. ;)
 
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Ok thanks a lot.

I've learned about the controversy around a possible transfer to Sunweb ad LBK, while he's still under contract with Fidea but what's your source about Quick Step?

That's certainly an explanation, no doubt.

There was a rumor that his agent was /had talked to Landbouw Credit to do both when his contract expired. But never heard anymore about that.
Hoek.
 
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Styby officially signed for Quick Step today and is relieved that the drama came to an end before Sankt Wendel. The contract starts off on March 1. His first race with Quick Step probably be either the Tour of Belgium or the Tour of California. No classics this year. Obviously they're too close to the end of the cross season (though De Vlaeminck made the transition very comfortably ).

Ha, should have checked the last post before I posted.
Hoek