Thijs Al had to miss the last couple weeks due to an injury but he returned to the World Cup circuit in Kalmthout.
After the start, I went to the same flight of stairs I had been during the women’s race. It soon turned out that one of my favourite riders, Klaas Vantornout was leading the field in the first lap.
Dancing moves: Gerben De Knegt tackles the same corner with elegance.
Sven Nys got hold up in the first lap but it didn’t take him much time to catch up with the front of the field.
Stybar’s first lap was quite rubbish but then he constantly gained ground and after the third or the fourth lap he started to lead the race. From time to time, he tried to put a significant gap between him and his chasers but this gap varied from lap to lap and never became substantial.
It was getting late and it the amount of available light was constantly decreasing. There’s always a point where the flash is not just a fill-light anymore but becomes dominant in picture. If I can, I try not to use too much direct flash, however, in this situation I didn’t really have a choice.
Another photo, same problem: not much available light, direct flash, not so good photo.
Gerben De Knegt in the penultimate lap.
There were some Mongolian riders competing again, sadly, they were lapped and called out of the race pretty soon, again.
Stybar started the last lap in the first place and there seemed to be a sizeable gap between him and chasing riders Nys and Albert.
However, Nys managed to overtake him half-way into the last lap.
Stybar was trying to catch up with Nys.
And that was Albert’s plan as well.
But today, Nys was the strongest, claiming the win over Stybar and Albert.