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11th Alanya International MTB Cup - 1

Alanya, Turkey, October 14, 2007


Beckingsale sails to the finish

By Steve McEwen

Oli Beckingsale onto the cobbled descent.
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As riders search for valuable points for next year's Beijing Olympic Games places, an international field, including no less than five national champions, presented itself on the starting line for the Alanya Cup in Turkey. The beautiful Alanya Castle provided the backdrop to this spectacular venue. An unexpected surprise for the riders though was the torrential downpour that started minutes before the start and continued throughout the race.

Pre-race favourite Oli Beckingsale and Irish champion Robin Seymour demonstrated excellent technical skills in such hazardous conditions. Beckingsale started strong alongside Ukranian riders Igor Bogdan and Sergiy Rosenko. These riders were constantly being hounded by the chasing three of Seymour, Turkey's Bilal Akgul and Hungry's Andras Parti.

Eventually Beckingsale, with his superior climbing ability, split the field and he was able to force a gap, giving him over a minute advantage to take the win.


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Elite men
1 Oliver Beckingsale (GBr)    1.47.05
2 Igor Bogdan (Ukr)              1.07
3 Sergiy Rysenko (Ukr)           2.27
4 Robin Seymour (Irl)            4.53
5 Bilal Akgul (Tur)              7.34
6 Andras Parti (Hun)             9.20
7 Pascal Hossay (Bel)           10.00
8 Muameer Yildiz (Tur)          11.30
9 Yevyhen Medvedstkyy (Ukr)     12.54
10 Szilard Buruczki (Hun)       13.21
Elite women
1 Blaza Klemencic (Slo)       1.22.06
2 Natalya Krompets (Ukr)         4.15
3 Senem Guler (Tur)              6.16