Cyclocross Magazine’s photographer Joe Sales made the hop over the pond for Worlds a little early and rewarded us with some amazing photos from the Roubaix World Cup (see our reports of the men, women, u23 and junior races). We’ve still got more images from him coming, and first up is a spectacular series of Bart Wellens as he approaches the barriers for the first time while in the lead.

Joe said, “Bart Wellens was going so fast I was sure he would wipe out.” But the brand-new dad and Fidea star kept it upright, and Joe captured the whole scene for your viewing pleasure.

If you look closely, it even looks like a spectator is cheering on Joe instead of the racers. We don’t blame him. If you’re enjoying his photos, drop us a comment below.

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