We’ve asked before what defines greatness. Marianne Vos might serve as the model.
By adding a seventh cyclo-cross world championship to her bulging palmares, and her 12th world title in all across the disciplines, the Dutch queen of cycling took a further step towards sporting immortality.
Zdenek Stybar too, must also come close after the Czech ace showed he has lost none of his natural talent by winning his third world ‘cross title, despite having spent just two weeks on the ‘cross scene this year.
Stybar switched to the road last year by joining Mark Cavendish’s formidable Omega Pharma-QuickStep team, claiming overall victory in the Eneco Tour and a Grand Tour stage at the Vuelta a Espana in his debut season.
Helen Wyman did much to seal her repuation as a British great, adding a world championship bronze medal to her eight national titles and two European Championship victories.
Photographer Balint Hamvas was on hand to capture all of the great and good of cyclo-cross in Hoogerheide this weekend.
Relive the races in the gallery of stunning images below.