Stybar Solos To A Repeat Rainbow Jersey

Czech Zdenek Stybar did it once in St Wendel as a U23 rider in 2005 and he did it again this year. He dropped his last remaining competitor, the formidable Belgian Sven Nys to win the Cyclocross World Championships, back to back rainbows for the 25-year old who is going to race on the road…

Vos Makes It Three In A Row

Marianne Vos, of the Netherlands, waited until the final lap to unleash an attack that no one could match to win her third consecutive (and fourth) Cyclocross World Championships. Behind her, a very disappointed Katie Compton (USA) took second and a very happy Katerina Nash (CZE) was third. “They’re all great, the last one is…

Van der Haar Claims U23 Rainbow

After winning the World Cup overall and the European Cyclocross Championships, Dutch Lars van der Haar can now add the rainbow jersey to his collection. Van der Haar outsprinted his countryman Mike Teunissen and Czech rider Karel Hnik for the win. “I knew when I was going first on the track on the last 200…

French Sweep JR Cross World Championships

A surprising result at the Junior Cyclocross World Championships this morning in St Wendel as the French swept the podium with Clément Venturini soloed to claim the rainbow jersey. Twin brothers Doubey rounded off the podium, with Fabien taking second and Loic third. “In the final descent when I saw the two of them [behind…

On Tap: Cyclocross World Championships

Four rainbows to be awarded this weekend at the Cyclocross World Championships. Will Katie Compton finally win the title? Will the Stybar successfully defend his title or will the Belgians take it back? And what about the North American racers? How will the course conditions affect the racing. Shaun Adamson answers the last question.

Johnson Wants Better

“As Americans we get a lot of shit, complaining about the rankings. What did I get today, 15th, 16th?I’m ranked 15th in the world, perfect. I want better, I really want better.” Tim Johnson said after he crossed the finish line in 16th place at the Hoogerheide World Cup. Earlier this cross season, the Americans…

Kaiser Talks Worlds

Team USA’s Cody Kaiser (CalGiant) talks about the 2011 Cyclocross World Championships course in St Wendel, Germany and more on Friday morning, one day before his U23 race.  In his first year as a U23 racer, Kaiser pre-rode the course on Thursday afternoon and is going into the Worlds with no pressure.

No Stress For Albert

Belgian Niels Albert (BKCP-Powerplus) was very clear after winning the GVA Azencross in December, “I want the jersey more than the World Championship.” He was speaking about the driekleur jersey, the black, yellow and red jersey of the Belgian National Champion. And he did, the 24-year old won his first Belgian Cyclocross Championship in January.…

Kupfernagel – It Will Be A Big Party

With four rainbow jerseys in her closet, German Hanka Kupfernagel (Itera-Stevens) knows what it takes to win the Cyclocross World Championships (actually make that five as Kupfernagel also won the Road World Championships Time Trial in 2007). And she hopes to repeat this Sunday at St Wendel in Germany. But Kupfernagel also knows that she’ll…

Miller Looking To Crack Top 10 At Worlds

American Meredith Miller (CalGiant) was all smiles at the end of the Hoogerheide World Cup where she finished 12th. “Much better today, much better for my head.” she smiled right after crossing the finish line on Sunday. Her last trip to race cross in Europe was, well, a disaster. A disappointing result at the Kalmthout…

It All Comes Down To Worlds for Page

Another weekend of ups and downs for American cross racer Jonathan Page (Planet Bike). On Saturday, Page raced at the front and finished 5th Kasteelcross Zonnebeke but then bad luck, once again, at the Hoogerheide World Cup. Page was in the main chase group behind Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) who was off the front when he…

Albert Claims Hoogerheide And World Cup Title

Belgian Champion Niels Albert (BKCP Powerplus) is on a tear at the World Championships approach, he took the win in the final race and the overall World Cup Series. The Hoogerheide course has been good to Albert. “I was world champion here in 2009, last year I won my last race here in the World…