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Sunshine Cup #1 - 1

Tochni Village, Cyprus, February 25, 2007

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Zoli and Klemencic win opening round

Men's podium
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The sun didn't show up for this first round meeting of 105 men and women elite mountain bikers from around Europe. The slight rain two hours before the start of the first Sunshine Cup was enough to make the life hard for the riders on the 48km course.

The race started in the village of Tochni and headed in the Akapnou Forest before finishing in Kalavasos. The bikes had to fight with some mud in the first and last kilometers of the course thanks to the pre-race rain. Soon a group of five riders got a lead and worked together until the last hills. They split up at kilometer 34.

Yader Zoli from Italy proved to be the strongest of the five men, followed by the German champion Milatz Moritz. Third was Fredrik Kessiakof.

Women's podium
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On the women's side 2005 European marathon champion Blaza Klemencic of Slovenia won the event in front of Polish racer Maja Wloszczowska and Great Britain's Amy Hunt. Local Rider Elina Sophokleous was eighth.

The Sunshine Cup continues with round #2 on March 2 and round #3 on March 4.

Photography

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Images by Michalis Hadjioannou/www.mtbcyprus.com

Results

Elite Men

1 Yader Zoli (Ita)              1.57.16
2 Moritz Milatz (Ger)              0.15
3 Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe)         0.41
4 Tony Longo (Ita)                 1.09
5 Roel Paulissen (Bel)             2.57
6 Ian Bibby (GBr)                  3.37
7 Johann Pallhuber (Ita)           3.43
8 Ole Christian Fagerli (Nor)      5.08
9 Anders Hovdenes (Nor)            6.51
10 Filip Meirhaege (Bel)           7.39
11 Karl Platt (Ger)
12 Rene Tann (Ger)                 8.15
13 Giuseppe Lamastra (Ita)         9.00
14 Maxim Gogolev (Rus)            10.20
15 Tim Wijnants (Bel)             11.08
16 Ian Field (GBr)                12.01
17 Kristian Torgensen (Nor)       12.17
18 Tobias Ullmann (Ger)           13.10
19 Marcin Karczynski (Pol)        13.25
20 Ross Creber (GBr)              16.31
21 Evgeni Petchenine (Rus)        17.05
22 Oleksandr Yakymenko (Ukr)
23 Frank Schotman (Ned)           17.39
24 Andrian Dzialakiewicz (Pol)
25 Marios Athanasiades (Cyp)      18.06
26 Hanoch Redlich (Isr)           18.40
27 Mikael Salomonsson (Swe)       18.50
28 Christian Schart (Ger)         19.22
29 Andriy Gumenyuk (Ukr)          19.38
30 Mirko Pirazzoli (Ita)          19.49
31 Martin Bratlanh (Nor)          20.13
32 Ruud Rentmeester (Ned)         20.43
33 Frank Beemer (Ned)             20.58
34 Francesco Panza                21.38
35 Max Íste-MacDonald (Swe)       22.22
36 Lucian Logigan (Rom)           22.33
37 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi)          22.50
38 Torsten Marx (Ger)             22.56
39 Stephan Sahm (Ger)             23.11
40 Demetris Galliouris (Gre)      23.50
41 Evgeny Krylov (Rus)            24.41
42 Petros Tyrologos (Gre)         25.10
43 Ioan Mogos (Rom)               25.28
44 Maxim Zhurkin (Rus)            26.51
45 Thomas Papadopoulos (Gre)      27.42
46 Bojan Durdic (Srb)             28.59
47 Dariusz Batek (Pol)            29.03
48 Bjorn Brems (Bel)
49 Zoran Zivkovic (Srb)           30.18
50 Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita)    30.26
51 Dror Pekatch (Isr)             32.14
52 Alexey Belokrylov (Rus)        32.57
53 Magnus Darvell (Swe)           34.00
54 Attila Madaras (Rom)           34.03
55 Georgios Pates (Gre)           34.12
56 Sergey Nikolaev (Rus)          36.40
57 Yevyhen Medvedstky (Ukr)       36.45
58 Sergiy Rysenko (Ukr)           37.26
59 Oscar Ekstam (Swe)             38.04
60 Andreas Lieberherr (Swi)       38.08
61 Alex kolodin (Rus)             39.10
62 Joris Massaer (Bel)            39.42
63 Vlad Nerovsky                  39.55
64 Mehmet Sevinc (Tur)            43.25
65 Sven Piepper (Ger)             43.34
66 Jorgen Flion (Bel)             55.24
67 Mustafa Cevdet (Tur)           55.47
68 Mehmet Silahsor (Tur)        1.00.43
69 Petros Petrakis (Cyp)        1.01.04
70 Andreas Nicolaou (Cyp)       1.09.35
71 Ilias Periklis (Gre)         1.11.04
72 Viktor Trokhin (Rus)         1.15.57
DNF Christof Bischof (Swi)
DNF Hakon Austad (Nor)
DNF Calle Friberg (Swe)
DNF Max Friedrich (Ger)
DNF Ivan Grabovsky (Ukr)
DNF Giorgos Fattas (Cyp)
DNS Igor Bogdan (Ukr)
DNS Andras Parti (Hun)
DNS Szilard Buruczki (Hun)

Elite Women

1 Blaza Klemencic (Slo)         2.25.28
2 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol)          2.39
3 Amy Hunt (GBr)                   5.43
4 Magda Sadlecka (Pol)             5.51
5 Inbar Ronen (Isr)                7.11
6 Evelyn Staffler (Ita)            9.04
7 Ivonne Kraft (Ger)              11.06
8 Elina Sophokleous (Cyp)         13.00
9 Eva Lechner (Ita)               13.51
10 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr)        14.50
11 Anna Szafraniec (Pol)          16.51
12 Ksenia Chernykh                16.59
13 Oaxna Rybakova (Rus)           20.00
14 Liliya Zaytseva (Ukr)          22.34
15 Nataliya Rogut (Ukr)           29.00
16 Elisabetta Borgia (Ita)        39.11
17 Petra Henzi (Swi)              41.23
18 Alexa Hueni (Ger)
19 Evgenia Belozerova (Rus)       48.48
20 Elena Petrova                1.49.50
DNF Serife Akcan (Tur)
DNF Elena Gogoleva (Rus)
DNF Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol)
DNF Ellen Ostringen (Ger)