Racer winner Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet)
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Stybar might get in the mix to get his PlayStation back
After the penultimate round of the cyclo-cross GvA Trophy the decision about the overall win is far from decided as three riders are theoretically still in the run for glory. Kevin Pauwels (Telenet-Fidea) trails Sven Nys (Landbouwkrediet) by only two points, while Zdenek Stybar (Telenet-Fidea) will play a role of importance too as he is twelve points behind Nys.
At the last round in Oostmalle, the winner can take 25 points while a second is good for 22 points, then 19, 17, 16 etc. At the intermediate sprint after two laps there are respectively three, two and one point at stake. Pauwels was winner of the penultimate round in Lille on Saturday afternoon which was a blow for leader Nys, who finished third in the spectacular sprint.
“I can still win it but I’ll have to do everything I can,” Pauwels said. Last year Pauwels helped team-mate Zdenek Stybar to the overall win in the World Cup and then he received a PlayStation from the Czech. “Maybe he can do something back for me this year. I’m not going to ask him for help. I expect that he knows what to do,” Pauwels said.
World champion Stybar didn’t need time to think about helping his teammate, even though they will be in different teams next season. “Of course I’ll help if I can. Two points is nothing. We’ll talk about it. It would be great for Kevin. Maybe he can give me a PlayStation too,” Stybar said.
“The overall ranking is not important for me. I can still finish second but winning is not really possible. Because of that I can start the last round with no pressure. I don’t have to calculate and can simply focus on winning the race,” Stybar said.
According to Nys, there would be no role for Stybar in the final round of the GvA Trophy. “It will come down to a man-to-man battle. I think I have a very good chance to come out of the battle as winner but we’ll see.
“I have good memories of Oostmalle because I have always ridden relaxed over there because the overall win
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