Sven Nys had a year to forget his awful 2012 GVA Trofee series Azencross race in Loenhout, but his spectacular crash combined with his infamous chasing down a heckler gave him plenty of motivation to sweep that race under the rug by winning the race for the sixth time.
While the track was more technical and muddy than yesterday’s World Cup in Zolder [See the full Zolder 2013 report, last lap race video], would it be enough to improve upon his disappointing sixth place less than 24 hours prior? Nys was already wondering aloud if the UCI’s desire for faster courses was stacking the odds against him, and removing the spectacle from the racing that fans crave.
In the women’s race, watch hints the back-and-forth battle between American National Champion Katie Compton and 2013 World Champion Marianne Vos. Will this be Compton’s year?
See the the full men’s race video from Loenhout below, with Junior, U23 and Women’s highlights, or the men’s two minute highlight video at the bottom. Some highlights include Compton attacking Vos at 5:15, Styby airing it out over a hill at 31:59, and the famous rollers of Azencross at 34:00.
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