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Olympia Series #1 - E1

Thessaloniki, Greece, May 25, 2003


Tudor Oprea dominates once more

By Dimitris Konstantopoulos

Romanian's MTB star Tudor Ovidiu Oprea, added one more victory to his palmares, the third consecutive victory on Greek soil. After his double E1 victory in the Kissavos Cup (May 11-12) Oprea won the Olympia Series #1, which was helded in Seichsou Forest, at Thessaloniki. He took the lead of the race from the start. The two Hungarians Burucki and Parti followed, but a final attack two laps from the end made it a clear victory.

The 6.5km course was very hard and technical, and the hard rain of the previous days made the efforts of the riders more difficult. Despite of that, only two (including Greek Cup leader Symelidis) of the 64 starters were abandoded due to mud problems.

Next Sunday, June 1, will see the Olympia Series #2 take place in Ancient Olympia, the place that the Olympic Games were born, on a friendly course full of trees and silky roads.


1 Tudor Ovidiu Oprea (Rom)                                    1.56.40
2 Buruczki Szilard (Hun)                                         1.51
3 Andras Parti (Hun)                                             3.19
4 Manolis Kotoulas (Gre) PAOK Salonika                           7.43
5 Basileios Chortomaris (Gre) Aftodromos Salonika                9.18
6 Mitja Tancik (Slo)                                            12.21
7 Andreas Markakis (Gre) Talos Chania                           13.08
8 Konstantinos Bardis (Gre) EOS Acharnon                        15.15
9 Periklis Ilias (Gre) LOASDA                                   19.05
10 Ioannis Dittopoulos (Gre) PAOK Salonika                      22.00
11 Georgios Fattas (Cyp) CYPRUS National Team                   22.38
12 Grigorios Melissis (Gre) Roda Volos                          23.51
13 Andreas Perrakis (Gre) Talos Chania                          23.51
14 Kostas Stamoulis (Gre) Panerythraikos                        1 lap
15 Dimitrios Galiouris (Gre) Larissa Cycling Team
16 Konstantinos Konstantinidis (Gre) Thessaloniki Cycling Club
17 Ljubisa Kondev (Mkd)
18 Marios Athanasiadis (Cyp) CYPRUS National Team               2 laps
19 Ioannis Skordas (Gre) LOASDA
20 Eleftherios Nikolaou (Gre) Roda Volos
21 Antonis Deligiannis (Gre) PAOK Salonika
22 Georgios Tzortzakis (Gre) Talos Chania
23 Petros Tirologos (Gre) Nea Filadelfeia Cycling Club
24 Vasileios Sventzouris (Gre) Volos Cycling Club
25 Stefanos Gatziouras (Gre) Elassona Cycling Club
26 Stavros Papadopoulos (Gre) Messiniakos Kalamata
27 Ioannis Petridis (Gre) Proteas Nikea
28 Georgios Pattes (Gre) LOASDA                                 3 laps
29 Anastasios Mastrotheodoros (Gre) EOS Acharnon
30 Stefanos Vaskos (Gre) Asklipeios Trikala
31 Vasileios Kougionis (Gre) PAOK Salonika
32 Anastasios Pouiklis (Gre) Aftodromos Salonika
33 Kostas Orfanoudakis (Gre) Talos Chania
34 Kostantinos Douvikas (Gre) EOS Acharnon
35 Evangellos Papanikolaou (Gre) PAOK Salonika
36 Aris Apostolopoulos (Gre) Ialyssos Rhodes Cycling Club
37 Michal Dionisopoulos (Gre) EOS Acharnon
38 Nikolaos Sideris (Gre) Velos Salonika
39 Georgios Paraskevas (Gre) Thessaloniki Cycling Club
40 Dimitrios Kantoglou (Gre) Iraklis Salonika
41 Sokratis Grigoriadis (Gre) Roda Volos
42 Konstantinos Grammenos (Gre) Proteas Nikea
43 Stanislav Takidis (Gre) Nea Filadelfeia Cycling Club
44 Kyriakos Christodoulou (Gre) Velos Salonika
45 Christos Belas (Gre) Asklipeios Trikala
46 Souren Navasartian (Gre) Thrakas Ippeas
47 Eystratios Baxevanis (Gre) Talos Chania
48 Athanasios Tziros (Gre) Asklipeios Trikala
49 Georgios Koupartmas (Gre) Roda Volos
50 Theodoros Svarnas (Gre) Thessaloniki Cycling Club
51 Nikos Malliaros (Gre) PAOK Salonika                          4 laps
52 Georgios Polypathelis (Gre) Nea Filadelfeia Cycling Club
53 Nikos Christidis (Gre) Thrakas Ippeas
54 Georgios Ioannoy (Gre) Thrakas Ippeas
55 Ioannis Sotiriadis (Gre) Velos Salonika
56 Georgios Patsias (Gre) Asklipeios Trikala
57 Panagiotis Tsiamantanis (Gre) Roda Volos
58 Anastasios Papadimas (Gre) Roda Volos
59 Konstantinos Papadimas (Gre) Roda Volos
60 Stamatis Baltsis (Gre) Toxotis Salonika
61 Nikolaos Giagtzoglou (Gre) Thessaloniki Cycling Club
62 Thoedoros Parastatidis (Gre) Iraklis Salonika
DNF K. Simelidis (Gre)
I. Diamantis (Gre)

Starters: 64
Finishers: 62

Courtesy of Dimitris Konstantopoulos