Stybar posts up the win © Bart Hazen

Stybar, shown here in last week's GvA, had a tighter battle in Kermiscross © Bart Hazen

As the year’s first World Cup rapidly approaches – on Sunday in Aigle, Switzerland – Zdenek Stybar (Telent-Fidea) continued his impressive start to the season by claiming his fifth consecutive win today in Ardooie, Belgium. Stybar and Belgian champion Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) came into the finishing stretch together, and Nys launched his final attack a long way from the line. Stybar was able to stay on terms and provide a finishing kick of his own to claim the day’s prize.

Just under a minute back, Klaas Vantornout (Sunweb-Revor) led the charge to claim the final podium spot in front of Niels Albert, who looks to be steadily making his way back to top-end form.

Stybar, the reigning World Champion, will put his undefeated season to the test in Sunday’s World Cup, the most important contest to date this season.

Full Results:

RankNameNat.Result
1Zdenek STYBARCZE01:01:08
2Sven NYSBEL01:01:08
3Klaas VANTORNOUTBEL01:02:02
4Niels ALBERTBEL01:01:52
5Rob PEETERSBEL01:01:44
6Dieter VANTHOURENHOUTBEL01:01:36
7Jim AERNOUTSBEL01:01:25
8Thijs VAN AMERONGENNED01:01:25
9Jonathan PAGEUSA01:01:25
10Sven VANTHOURENHOUTBEL01:01:25
11Thijs ALNED01:01:25
12Ian FIELDGBR01:01:41
13Marco BIANCOITA01:01:41
14Kenneth VAN COMPERNOLLEBEL01:01:41
15Philipp WALSLEBENGER01:02:11
16Tom VAN DEN BOSCHBEL01:02:20
17Eddy VAN IJZENDOORNNED01:02:32
18Vinnie BRAETBEL01:02:36
19Steven DE DECKERBEL01:02:39
20Matthieu BOULOFRA01:02:39
21Gianni DENOLFBEL01:02:52
22Florian LE CORREFRA01:02:57
23Quentin BERTHOLETBEL01:03:02
24Wietse BOSMANSBEL01:03:14
25Robby COBBAERTBEL01:03:14
26Stijn PENNEBEL01:03:26
27Tom VANNOPPENBEL01:03:46
28Wilant VAN GILSNED01:03:53
29Xandro MEURISSEBEL01:04:06
30Kendric VAN GREMBERGENBEL01:04:14
31Kristof COPBEL01:04:24
32Bart HOFMANBEL01:04:33
33Rikke DIJKXHOORNNED01:05:59
34Mirko TABACCHIITA
35Robin POELVOORDEBEL
36Adrien PASCALFRA
37Matthias BOETENSBEL
38Niki DEVOLDEREBEL
39Jean-Baptiste TALEUXFRA
40Brian HOSTEBEL