Two-time Elite World Champ Zdeněk Štybar (Quick Step) made a quick transition from road to cyclocross, winning the first race of the Toi Toi Cup #in Stríbro, the Czech Republic.

The race was a mostly Czech affair, with large domestic field and 13 of the top 14 riders hailing from the host country.  Belgian Jan Denuwelaere was the lone foreign racer to break the top ten, finishing in second, over a minute and a half down on the World Champ, and outsprinting Petr Dlask.

Despite a road season in his legs, not much about Štybar looked different other than his bike. The Czech rider no longer rides the Ridley X-Night of his former Telenet / Fidea team, but rather was in a rainbow-clad Merckx cyclocross bike. Might we see more of these bikes in the near future?

The race for the holeshot:

Rank
Name
Nat.
Age*
Result
Points
1Zdenek STYBARCZE2759:17:0040
2Jan DENUWELAEREBEL241:00:5230
3Petr DLASKCZE361:00:5220
4Zdenek MLYNARCZE361:00:5215
5Vladimir KYZIVATCZE301:00:5210
6Martin ZLAMALIKCZE301:01:068
7Karel HNIKCZE211:01:066
8Tomas PAPRSTKACZE201:01:144
9Vojtech NIPLCZE191:01:272
10Milan SPESNYCZE351:01:341
11Jan NESVADBACZE211:01:41
12David KASEKCZE301:02:08
13Marek RAUCHFUSSCZE221:02:12
14Jakub SKALACZE191:02:12
15Ole QUASTGER231:02:12
16Filip EBERLCZE301:02:12
17Michael (JR) SCHWEIZERGER211:02:12
18Pavel ADELCZE281:02:31
19Lukas SABLIKCZE251:02:31
20Radek POLNICKYCZE201:02:31
21Michael BOROSCZE201:02:31
22Ivo PLEVAKCZE231:03:31
23Matej LASAKCZE201:03:52
24Michal MALÍKCZE231:04:17
25Tomas MEDEKCZE191:04:25
26Robert GAVENDASVK241:04:33
27Vaclav METLICKASVK391:04:41
28Stanislav BAMBULACZE291:04:52
29Petr HAMPLCZE191:04:59
30Josef SOUKUPCZE311:05:26
31Filip ADELCZE22
32Thomas LECHERMANNGER28
33Tomas SVOBODACZE19
34Michal BENDACZE29
35Adam KOŽUŠNÍKCZE19
36Jaroslav CHALASSVK20
37Radim KOVARCZE19
38Michael WALTERGER29
39David KASPERCZE23
40TomᚠNOVÝCZE23
41Toni BRETSCHNEIDERGER21
42Severin SCHWEISGUTHGER26
43Tomas OKROUHLICKYCZE27
44Josef TOMEKCZE22
45Tomas PODRAZILCZE27
46Roland MÖRXAUT40
47Michael KUBÍNCZE19
48Stefan KÜHNHOLDGER25
49Ondrej LOUVARCZE19
50Tomas HOLUBCZE22
51Jan KECCZE22
52Felix WILHELMGER25
53Marek SEDLÁCEKCZE20
54Jan SVORADACZE20
55Tomas HOLICKYCZE24
56Zbynek HOLUBOVSKÝCZE19
57Jirí ŠLÉGLCZE20
58Jiri NESVEDACZE27
59Jan SVOBODACZE27
60Václav SVATOŠCZE26