GVA #6 – GP Sven Nys, Baal


Hello 2012! It was going to be an interesting day as Zdenek Stybar was about to reveal his new team kit and his new Specialized bike and BKCP was also due to switch to Colnagos. There were some rumors that the Landbouwkrediet team might change to Scott bikes, but either misunderstood something or the deal fell through, either way, Sven Nys paraded on his good old Colnago.

That being said, he and the rest of his team sported a new, predominantly green jersey, but the fasion-related star of the day was clearly Stybar, who wore a pink fedora while riding up and down, right before the start. Check to photo below. His performance was less stellar but he has probably already set his eyes on preparing for the road season. On the other hand, it was great to see Bart Wellens riding strong, his third place looks promising for next weeks Belgian National Champs.

All in all, it was a great way to start the year – there are still 10 more races until the season ends, so plenty more opportunities for great pictures. I’m returning to London tomorrow morning and will head up to Ipswich on Sunday to find out who will be crowned as the British Champion. It will be a good one, that’s for sure!

Consistent riding can get you far. Micki Van Empel hasn't won any of the U23 GVA races this season but he has been so consistent that he is now leading the rankings, with only two races to go.

Consistent riding can get you far. Micki Van Empel hasn't won any of the U23 GVA races this season but he has been so consistent that he is now leading the rankings, with only two races to go.

Another one in the bag for Lars Van Der Haar. Now he's trailing with only two points behind Van Empel in the overall, so at this point he seems to be the most likely winner of the U23 GVA rankings.

Another one in the bag for Lars Van Der Haar. Now he's trailing with only two points behind Van Empel in the overall, so at this point he seems to be the most likely winner of the U23 GVA rankings.

Sanne Van Paassen and Sophie De Boer attacked early in the women's race.

Sanne Van Paassen and Sophie De Boer attacked early in the women's race.

In the absence of Marianne Vos, Daphny Van Den Brand dominated the race and established her lead early on.

In the absence of Marianne Vos, Daphny Van Den Brand dominated the race and established her lead early on.

Nikki Harris flew to another podium place today - great performance, she is looking strong with just a week before the British National Champs.

Nikki Harris flew to another podium place today - great performance, she is looking strong with just a week before the British National Champs.

Gabby Day had a good day as well, finishing sixth - she will be another strong contenter at the British National Champs.

Gabby Day had a good day as well, finishing sixth - she will be another strong contenter at the British National Champs.

Nikoline Hansen in her last lap, her left knee wasn't still 100% - hopefully it will be ok for the Danish National Champs.

Nikoline Hansen in her last lap, her left knee wasn't still 100% - hopefully it will be ok for the Danish National Champs.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot showed off her new Rabobank colours - and she clearly hadn't seen any youtube videos, that teach you how to get off your bike (right leg in front of your left leg) during a cyclo-cross race.

Pauline Ferrand Prevot showed off her new Rabobank colours - and she clearly hadn't seen any youtube videos, that teach you how to get off your bike (right leg in front of your left leg) during a cyclo-cross race.

The picture of the day - Zdenek Stybar proudly shows his new team colours. It's unusual and it's bold and I like it a lot.

The picture of the day - Zdenek Stybar proudly shows his new team colours. It's unusual and it's bold and I like it a lot.

Imagine an slight incline, then two large steps, imagine that this is all very, very muddy. Then look at this photo again - these guys jumped the stairs like it was nothing. Amazing.

Imagine an slight incline, then two large steps, imagine that this is all very, very muddy. Then look at this photo again - these guys jumped the stairs like it was nothing. Amazing.

Thijs Al cuts through the mud.

Thijs Al cuts through the mud.

Even though Stybar became THE fashion icon of the cyclo-cross lot in one fell swoop, this wasn't his day. He surged to the front on his brand new Spesh ride but then he ran out of steam and finished fourth, ten seconds down from Bart Wellens.

Even though Stybar became THE fashion icon of the cyclo-cross lot in one fell swoop, this wasn't his day. He surged to the front on his brand new Spesh ride but then he ran out of steam and finished fourth, ten seconds down from Bart Wellens.

Kevin Pauwels is often categorised as a subpar bike handler when it comes to riding in the mud but he is clearly getting better at it.

Kevin Pauwels is often categorised as a subpar bike handler when it comes to riding in the mud but he is clearly getting better at it.

Sven Nys bagged another impressive win - his winning margin was 46 seconds. He is very, very strong, the question is whether he can hold onto his form and the winning formula for the next couple of weeks.

Sven Nys bagged another impressive win - his winning margin was 46 seconds. He is very, very strong, the question is whether he can hold onto his form and the winning formula for the next couple of weeks.

These logs look small on this photo but they are HUGE in reality and what's mind-blowing is that most of the top10 guys jump through them even in the last lap.

These logs look small on this photo but they are HUGE in reality and what's mind-blowing is that most of the top10 guys jump through them even in the last lap.

After giving up the race on Friday, Bart Wellens was back with a vengeance. His start wasn't that great but he worked his way up through the race and beat the still very fashionable Stybar by ten seconds.

After giving up the race on Friday, Bart Wellens was back with a vengeance. His start wasn't that great but he worked his way up through the race and beat the still very fashionable Stybar by ten seconds.

I'm not the Grandmaster of portraits, unlike the guy in the photo, the always cheerful Kristof Ramon, but I like how I managed to capture a typical Ramon smile accidentally.

I'm not the Grandmaster of portraits, unlike the guy in the photo, the always cheerful Kristof Ramon, but I like how I managed to capture a typical Ramon smile accidentally.

There's no denial in that today we were in the Svennyland.

There's no denial in that today we were in the Svennyland.

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  1. 2
    Dave Hause

    The step through or right leg forward was the only way to dismount a bike when using toe-clips. Now you’ll be hard pressed to find but a handful or riders using that method with clipless pedals.

    • 3
      Balint Hamvas

      Thanks Dave, I didn’t know that! That being said, with the SPDs around these days it doesn’t make sense anymore to dismount that way and nobody does it really, so I don’t see the point in promoting an outdated method.

  2. 4
    WB

    Very nice pictures, are there any other pictures of the Elite? I was a participator myself and i really like the style of the pictures.

    • 5
      Balint Hamvas

      Hi Wouter, what was your number? I can have a look if you send me an email (balint.hamvas@cyclephotos.co.uk)
      Thanks,
      Balint

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    Castor/Pollux

    Hi,
    I think (not 100% certain, though) that Sven Nys have a lifetime contract with Colnago, so that’s going to be his weapon of choice regardless of rest of the team.

  4. 7
    Henrik

    The way Pauline Ferrand Prevot dismounted is the way almost everybody dismounts. Can’t really think of anyone that dismounts any other way.
    I really love your photos!

  5. 9
    Rebecca Hewes

    Helo Balint,

    I love your photo’s. I’m planning on being at the event in Lievin in a couple of weeks and was planning on taking my Canon 7d to get some shots. Do you plan on doing a blog post any time soon detailing your ‘camera bag’ and any times for aspiring cycling photographers ? I’m sure other readers of your blog would be interested. I for one have never used flash outdoors and would love to have some help.

    best,

    Rebecca

    • 10
      Balint Hamvas

      Hi Rebecca,

      Thanks for your comments! I might write something in the future about gear – it’s just I’m really busy now that we’re in the middle of the season. Drop me a mail before Lievin, maybe we can sort something out.

      Thanks,
      Balint

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    Eric de Clercq

    It was another (Belgian) photographer (Wim Hoste ?) who informed me about your website.
    Since november I follow the results of your photographic work. As your pictures are free to view I suppose you’re not a professional. Nevertheless it results every time in sharp and attractive shots. Also the captions are pleasant to read!!
    I wonder if you follow road races to..
    I saw that a friend of yours is Kristof Ramon. Recently he took some pictures of the Lotto-Belisol 2012 squad. One of the riders is my neighbour and family (Bart De Clercq) Is it possible to sent me his mail address.

    Which language does he speak?

    Thanks,
    Eric De Clercq (Belgium)

    • 12
      Balint Hamvas

      Hi Eric,

      Thanks for you kind comments. The reason you can see my photos for free is that I’ll be coming out with a book at the end of the season and all this is kind for promotion for the book 🙂

      I’ll send you an email with Kristof’s email address – he’s Belgian, so Flemish ok.

      Take care,
      Balint

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