ARDOOIE, BELGIUM—Zdeněk Štybar (Telenet-Fidea) pipped Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) at the line to take the Kermiscross win today. The world champ looks to be coming into form leading into the World Cup kickoff in Plzen, Czech Republic, this Sunday.

Dieter Vanthourenhout (BKCP-Powerplus) emerged from the chase pack to claim the final podium step, just ahead of Bart Wellens (Telenet-Fidea). Niels Albert, winner in Ruddervoorde last weekend, settled for eighth.

With three laps left in the race, Stybar, Nys and Vanthourenhout made their move, breaking away from the front of the race. Nys and Stybar dislodged the BKCP-Powerplus rider, and the two sprinted for the finish in an extended sprint. Stybar told, “From the beginning of the race I felt really good. I knew already that the podium was possible. At the sprint I used the same tactics as last year. I began to sprint and held up well.” While Stybar has been missing in action in the early season as he recovered from a knee injury, it’s clear that his form has returned and he’s ready for the rest of the season.

Full Results:

1Zdenek Stybar (Cze) Telenet – Fidea1:01:00
2Sven Nys (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
3Dieter Vanthourenhout (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus0:00:25
4Bart Wellens (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team0:00:28
5Philipp Walsleben (Ger) BKCP-Powerplus0:00:30
6Jan Denuwelaere (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team
7Joeri Adams (Bel) Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
8Niels Albert (Bel) BKCP-Powerplus
9Rob Peeters (Bel) Telenet-Fidea0:00:55
10Klaas Vantornout (Bel) Sunweb Revor0:01:22
11Gianni Vermeersch (Bel) BKCP – Powerplus0:01:26
12Jim Aernouts (Bel) Sunweb Revor
13Jonathan Page (USA) Planet Bike/Blue0:01:30
14Tom Van Den Bosch (Bel) AA Cycling Team0:01:50
15Michael Vanthourenhout (Bel) CyclingChamps0:01:59
16Stijn Huys (Bel) Orange Babies Cycling Team
17Romain Lejeune (Fra) Uv Aube
18Kenneth Van Compernolle (Bel) Style & Concept Cycling Team0:02:30
19Sven Vanthourenhout (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
20Vinnie Braet (Bel) Sunweb Revor0:02:40
21Jens Vandekinderen (Bel) VZW Young Telenet Fidea Cycling Team
22Gianni Denolf (Bel) CyclingChamps
23Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys-Evenza Team
24Matthias Bossuyt (Bel) Sunweb – Revor
25Bart Hofman (Bel) Afdeling Oost-Vlaanderen WBV – VZW
26Kristof Cop (Bel) Cycling Team Kessel0:02:56
27Bjorn Rondelez (Bel) Lingier Versluys Beachbikers VZW0:03:10
28Yannick Mayer (Ger) Team Nsp
29Robby Cobbaert (Bel) A.S.B. Parein-Rogelli Cycling Team0:04:50
30Toon Devenyns (Bel) C.T.- DJ.Matic-Kortrijk0:05:00
31Ritchie Denolf (Bel) Cyclingchamps0:05:10
32Pieter Dewitte (Bel) WC De Molenspurters Meulebeke
33Adrien Pascal (Fra) AC Bazancourt
34Steven De Decker (Bel) Van Goethem/Prorace CT
35Jirí Polnický (Cze) Sunweb – Revor Team
36Tijmen Eising (Ned) Sunweb Revor
37Vincent Baestaens (Bel) Landbouwkrediet
38Xandro Meurisse (Bel) Cyclingchamps