Stybar wins the 2012 Liévin World Cup in France. ©Bart Hazen

Here, Stybar wins the 2012 Liévin World Cup in France. Now, he's taking wins on the road as well. ©Bart Hazen

Zdenek Stybar has proved that even with slick tires, he’s an unstoppable force. Perhaps it was the cobbled climb to the finish that helped the former World Champion of Cyclocross take the win, but whatever the reason, in his first week of road racing this season, he snagged the win in the Queen stage of the Four Days of  Dunkerque. Racing for Omega Pharma-Quick.Step this season, Stybar commented that, “I have evidence that I can also on the road. Fewer ’cross races was the right decision.”

The young racer has only been on the road for a couple of seasons, last year without any definitive results. As he told European press, the next two years will determine whether he “can make on the road.” It seems clear that regardless of the discipline, this Czech racer will be a superstar in whatever form of cycling he tries, especially considering how he won the stage: soloing in, 10 seconds ahead of the field.