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Zdenek Stybar suffers dental dilemma at Tour of Flanders

Czech rider forced to take false teeth out mid-race

Geraint Thomas, Zdenek Stybar, Tour of Flanders
Image: Zdenek Stybar chased down an attack from Geraint Thomas after removing his false teeth

Zdenek Stybar has admitted it was "not nice" to have to take his false teeth out after they had rattled loose midway through the Tour of Flanders.

The Etixx – Quick-Step rider has a dental bridge after losing three teeth in a crash at the Eneco Tour last August.

However, he had to remove the bridge during Sunday’s 264.9km one-day classic when it became dislodged as he tackled the race's rough cobbled roads.

Stybar said: "It's difficult to say how the loss of my teeth affected my performance, but it's really not nice to deal with it in such a big race. I was distracted by it and didn't know what to do.

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“It happened before the second trip up the Kwaremont [a key climb that was ridden three times]. Because it's a bridge, it was moving, so I took it out. It's not the best feeling to ride without teeth.”

Stybar went on to finish ninth, 49 seconds behind winner Alexander Kristoff.

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