Seven total riders from the Belgian national team, led by Roel Paulissen, will make their way to the Sunshine Cup held in Cyprus this spring. It won't be the the first time that three-time World Cup winner, who also won silver in the 2007 UCI World Marathon Championships, heads to Cyprus for some early season training, and he will likely be one of the favorites for the individual races and the overall.
Swedish team-mate Fredrik Kessiakoff, also from Cannondale-Vredestein, and Team Bikin' Cyprus' Chirstof Bishof will be among the world class competition that comes to race. Kessiakoff won round two of the 2007 Sunshine Cup.
Organizers recently announced some revisions to the original calendar. Due to a conflict with Carnival, the fourth and fifth venues have been switched. The fourth round will take place at Voroklini while the finals will happen in Limassol-Yermasogia.
Sunshine Cup 2008 (revised schedule)
February 23: Tochni Village (XCP)
February 29: Mantra-Kionia-Mantra (XCP)
March 2: Mantra tou kampiou (XCO)
March 9: Voroklini (XCP)
March 16: Limassol-Yermasogia (XCO)