All good come to those who wait. Zdenek Stybar waited for his first big win quite a lot. He has always been there, he rarely missed the podium and yet, he was always outpowered by someone. Whether the intense road season had taken its toll or he just couldn’t find his rhythm remains unclear, however he hasn’t been able to be the dominant force of the sport he had been in the previous two seasons.
That makes his win today even more impressive. He had tried attacks previously this season but he has never managed to hold on to it. Not today, though, he attacked early, he was pulled back and then he attacked some more and that turned out to be the move of the day. He quickly opened the gap between him and Sven Nys and Niels Albert and didn’t let them within 20 seconds.
It was good to see Stybar winning again and even some overzealous policemen couldn’t spoil the fun as they wandered back and forth at the finish, right in front of our cameras. I’m sure, many fellow photographers ended up with hands and feet in their shots today.
It’s been a busy weekend, now back to London but will be back next week for the GVA in Hasselt and then another Superprestige, this time in Asper-Gavere. More to come…