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"This could be my only chance to ride with a World Tour team," he told the newspaper which, with the famous GVA racing series is as tied up in cyclo cross as L'Equip is in road racing. "So I'm grabbing that chance and dedicating myself to it."
Boom won numerous cross titles before turning his attention to road racing and has since won National Road and Time Trial Championships and, in 2011, the increasingly-prestigious Tour of Britain - just one of many riders for whom cross success translated into road glory. Stybar's excellent results to date suggest he'll do the same.
More: "Enjoy it while it lasts: Zdenek Stybar's final full cross season" at Podium Cafe