Plzen World Cup #2 Preview and Live Coverage Update

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The world’s best ’crossers convene again this Sunday, October 24th, for the second round of the World Cup in Plzen, Czech Republic. Once again, we’ll be providing live coverage to keep you up on the action. The women’s race is scheduled for 13:00 local time (7:00am Eastern), the men’s for 15:35 local Czech time (9:35am Eastern).

World champ Zdenek Stybar continues his impressive early season run with six straight victories to start the year, including a dominating performance in last weekend’s World Cup in Aigle, Switzerland. The Czech rider won his World Championship in front of a home crowd in Tabor, and has to be the odds-on favorite coming into Sunday. Niels Albert recovered from a slow start to fight his way to second last week, and the Belgian looks to have finally re-found the form that he’s been looking for. For that matter, Albert’s entire Belgian team should be a factor – all eight of the Belgians finished inside the top 12 in Aigle, and Sven Nys was an early animator before eventually fading to ninth.

American Jonathan Page reported feeling good last weekend, but a crash derailed his efforts. Page will be the lone American in the men’s race.

American Katie Compton, winner in World Cup #1 in Aigle, has elected to take a weekend off from racing, which means there will be no leaders jersey present in either the World Cup or Saturday’s Derby City Cup USGP in Louisville [See our Louisville preview here]. Her compatriots will attempt to pick up the flag – Sue Butler has had a phenomenal early season, Amy Dombroski is looking for her breakthrough European result and Cyclocross Magazine regular contributors Christine Vardaros and Canadian Vicki Thomas will also be in the mix. Thanks to the reshuffling of UCI points, Butler may have a clean line towards the holeshot she seeks.

Czech Katerina Nash will look to feed off of the home crowd and improve on last week’s third place finish. Young Dutch sensation Sanne van Paassen will certainly pull out all the stops in her quest for the top spot, and perennial favorites Daphny van den Brand (second in Aigle) and Hanka Kupfernagel will also be favorites for the podium. Van den Brand may find extra motivation now that she’s set an end date for her career. Britain’s Helen Wyman had a great ride last weekend to claim sixth and will be looking to continuing moving towards the top.

If you missed this great video of last weekend’s women’s race, it’s well worth a look. And you can replay our live coverage from Aigle any time.

Men’s Start List (X denotes Alternate):

Race NrUCI CodeNAME / First NameTeam
1CZE19851211STYBAR ZdenekTELENET – FIDEA
2CZE19820919KASEK David
3CZE19870725BAMBULA Ondrej
4CZE19891216POLNICKY JiriSUNWEB – REVOR
5CZE19830906SIMUNEK RadomirBKCP – POWERPLUS
6CZE19761020DLASK PetrTELENET – FIDEA
7CZE19820419ZLAMALIK MartinSUNWEB – REVOR
8CZE19820322KYZIVAT Vladimir
9CZE19910804NESVADBA Jan
10 XCZE19910809HNIK KarelTELENET – FIDEA
11 XCZE19920501LASAK Matej
12BEL19760617NYS SvenLANDBOUWKREDIET
13BEL19820519VANTORNOUT KlaasSUNWEB – REVOR
14BEL19840412PAUWELS KevinTELENET – FIDEA
15BEL19860205ALBERT NielsBKCP – POWERPLUS
16BEL19850620VANTHOURENHOUT DieterBKCP – POWERPLUS
17BEL19820623AERNOUTS BartRABOBANK-GIANT OFFROAD TEAM
18BEL19780810WELLENS BartTELENET – FIDEA
19BEL19810114VANTHOURENHOUT SvenSUNWEB – REVOR
20 XBEL19850702PEETERS RobTELENET – FIDEA
21 XBEL19881107MEEUSEN TomTELENET – FIDEA
22FRA19801208MOUREY FrancisFDJ
23FRA19830609BAZIN Nicolas
24FRA19740928CHEVALLIER Jérome
25FRA19781113COLOMBATTO Laurent
26FRA19850427VILLA Romain
27SUI19750402HEULE Christian
28SUI19850517WILDHABER MarcelSCOTT-SWISSPOWER MTB-RACING
29SUI19841125LANG Pirmin
30ITA19820808FRANZOI EnricoBKCP – POWERPLUS
31ITA19821211BIANCO Marco
32ITA19861107URSI Fabio
33NED19751211DE KNEGT GerbenRABOBANK-GIANT OFFROAD TEAM
34NED19860718VAN AMERONGEN Thijs
35NED19850416VAN LEEUWEN Patrick
36NED19850321VAN IJZENDOORN Eddy
37NED19880712HUENDERS Mitchell
38NED19800616AL Thijs
39NED19920615VAN DER POEL David
40USA19760916PAGE Jonathan
41ESP19830807MURGOITIO REKALDE Egoitz
42ESP19870126GARCIA IRAZOLA Xabier
43GBR19860618FIELD Ian
44SVK19880115GAVENDA RobertTELENET – FIDEA
45SVK19730408METLICKA Vaclav
46SVK19861224HARING Martin
47SVK19740114BARENYI Milan
48SVK19710611GLAJZA Robert
49GER19871119WALSLEBEN PhilippBKCP – POWERPLUS
50GER19871120PFINGSTEN ChristophVAN VLIET EBH ELSHOF
51GER19820318SICKMUELLER Johannes
52GER19880223WEBER Sascha
53GER19910705SCHWEIZER Michael
54GER19830519BIRKENFELD René
55DEN19911007HANSEN Kenneth
56DEN19901114GUDDAL Jonas Schau
57DEN19810331NIELSEN Tommy
58POL19830506GIL Mariusz
59CAN19811024GARRIGAN Mike

Women’s Start List:

Race NrUCI CodeNAME / First NameTeam
2NED19780406VAN DEN BRAND Daphny
3NED19881027VAN PAASSEN Sanne
4NED19901212DE BOER Sophie
5NED19780310GRIMBERG Arenda
6NED19670206HORMES Reza
7NED19880615VAN RIJEN Linda
8NED19930708STULTIENS Sabrina
9NED19911230VAN NIEUWPOORT Tessa
10FRA19870118MANI CarolineVIENNE FUTUROSCOPE
11FRA19790708FERRIER-BRUNEAU ChristelVIENNE FUTUROSCOPE
12FRA19781025TRIQUET-CLAUDE NadiaVIENNE FUTUROSCOPE
13GER19740319KUPFERNAGEL Hanka
14GER19900508SCHWEIZER Sabrina
15USA19710912BUTLER Susan
16USA19870909DOMBROSKI AmyLUNA PRO TEAM
17USA19690719VARDAROS Christine
18GBR19810304WYMAN HelenKONA
19GBR19841201DAY Gabriella
20GBR19861230HARRIS Nikki
21CZE19771209NASH KaterinaLUNA PRO TEAM
22CZE19830420HAVLIKOVA Pavla
23CZE19850615KYPTOVA Jana
24CZE19930813MIKULASKOVA Martina
25CZE19930818PIRZKALLOVA Zuzana
26BEL19901008CANT Sanne
27BEL19840826VANDERBEKEN Joyce
28BEL19800916VAN LOY Ellen
29BEL19751210BOBER Nancy
30BEL19751111DE BIE – LEYTEN Nicole
31BEL19770624WILLEMS Gertie
32SUI19890707ACHERMANN JasminFISCHER-BMC
33DEN19870404HANSEN Nikoline
34POL19750710WARCZYK Dorota
35CAN19720413THOMAS Vicki

 

 

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sean
sean

How do you even pronounce that place name?

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