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Cink and Neff win Cyprus Sunshine Cup in Voroklini

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Two close finishes for the elite races

The second and final round of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup - in Voroklini - ended with a Czech duel. Ondrej Cink (Multivan Merida) won ahead of Jan Skarnitzl (SRAM Rubena Trek). Third place went to Thomas Litscher (Multivan Merida). In a close finish in the women's race, Jolanda Neff (Giant Pro XC) passed Blaza Klemencic (Felt Feenstra) to take her second CSC win. Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa (Multivan Merida) was third. Both Cink and Neff were also crowned overall Sunshine Cup winners.

Men

The men's race came down to a battle between two Czech riders after Rudi van Houts (Multivan-Merida) lost the contact with Cink and Skarnitzl. Prior to that, his teammate José Antonio Hermida had suffered from a flat tire and also came off the lead group. Their other teammate Julian Schelb had crashed and broke a spoke in his rear wheel.

From lap three onward, Cink and Skarnitzl increased their advantage up to as much as 30 seconds while Thomas Litscher tried to reconnect with the chase group. He had struggled a bit on the first lap, but then found his rhythm.

Cink and Skarnitzl stayed together until the final lap. Then Cink took the advantage on an uphill singletrack.

"He was stronger there every lap, and I could not close the gap again," said Skarnitzl. "It was a great race, and I am satisfied with that result. Ondrej was very strong."

The victorious Cink crossed the finish line 17 seconds earlier and of course was happy about his first season win.

"During the week, I felt tired and even yesterday not so good. But today, everything was perfect. I felt super for the whole race and could do what I want," said Cink. "It was a very, very good day for me."

Behind them both, Litscher caught van Houts and left him behind. After the first lap, Litscher was going as fast as leading duo and finally took the third spot on the podium.

"Finally it worked out and that makes me calm. My first lap was not really good, but then I was able to push," said Litscher, who finished 35 seconds after the leaders. "I need concentrate on myself, then it pays off."

Van Houts was a bit unlucky about missing the top three, but not unhappy with his race. "On the uphill, they were stronger, so I tried to be in front when it went into the downhill, so I could make the gap to the rest. Later it was a fight against Wolfram Kurschat. It's a bit a shame to loose the podium at the end," said van Houts.

Kurschat was okay with his first race appearance of the season The 38-year-old Topeak-Ergon rider talked about missing the power to continue pushing after the climbs, compared to the riders already were racing the Afxentia last weekend.

"Finally I am happy with my debut," the German said after six laps of 6km each and the start loop of 3.2km.

In the overall classification of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, it was the same Czech double. Cink took the orange jersey for the first time, ahead of Skarnitzl.

Women

The second Sunshine Cup victory of Jolanda Neff within two weekends was obviously was deserved. The 21-year-old under 23 world champion punctured in the first of four complete laps. After changing her back wheel, she passed the finish line in seventh with 40 seconds to make up on the three women in the lead group.

Neff fought back and at the end of the following lap, she had already caught the leaders. In lap three, Neff and Klemencic (Feenstra-Felt) got away, Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa (Multivan-Merida) followed eight seconds behind and Maja Wloszczowska (Liv Pro XC) was a further 15 seconds back.

Neff and Klemencic increased the gap and in the last downhill and it came down to an exciting finish. Klemencic was leading and Neff not able to pass, even she probably could have gone faster.

They reached the asphalt and there was a fast corner. "Blaza took the outside line and found the gap to pass her," Neff said.

"I felt pretty strong on the uphill and was okay in the downhill. But Jolanda, she is so fast on the downhill, I had no chance," said Klemencic, who was a bit unhappy about having to race on her training bike. "Unfortunately I didn't get my new bike yet to get used to it. For the race, I am fine with the result."

Neff was smiling after the finish. "Super cool, that I could make it after having this flat tire. I tried to ride my pace. It couldn't go better than to win the whole Cyprus Sunshine Cup," said Neff. Her two wins gave her the CSC overall.

Nine-time world champion Gunn-Rita Dahle-Flesjaa said, "I felt strong, but I am not in shape. Of course, I should be happy to make it on the podium, but the body is not so far. I had to control myself and ride on strength. It went pretty well on the uphill and in the technical parts. First podium gives me motivation, it was a good fight with the girls."

Wloszczowska was happy with her first season appearance. "I had a lot of health problems this winter. So it's good to be in the front group, already in the first race. Even if it was too fast for me, I decided to keep up as long as possible. Of course, I am happy with the victory of my teammate," she said.

Sabine Spitz confessed that she could not push so well in Voroklini."Today I was not able to reach my top heartrate. Probably I was not completely fresh. I missed the front group and then had to ride solo."

Record number of participants

More racers than ever competed in Voroklini: 86 men and 38 women in the elite races.

"We are really glad about this improvement and are looking forward to next year. The success of this year gives us motivation to work on some details for 2015. Thanks to all the support we got from the communities, Cyprus Tourism Organization and Cyprus Cycling Federation and also thanks to all the positive comments," said organizer Mike Hadjioannou.

Full Results

Elite men
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida 1:39:50  
2 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek 0:00:17  
3 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida 0:00:36  
4 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida 0:01:00  
5 Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team 0:01:42  
6 Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team 0:02:31  
7 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida Wallonie 0:02:43  
8 Sergiy Rysenko (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:02:57  
9 Preimanis Matiss (Lat) DPA 0:03:47  
10 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team 0:03:56  
11 Karl Markt (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team 0:04:05  
12 Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power/Stockli 0:04:22  
13 Ola Kjoren (Nor) Norwegian National Team 0:04:30  
14 Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Full Dynamix 0:04:44  
15 Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 0:05:10  
16 Gregor Raggl (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team 0:05:16  
17 Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 0:05:16  
18 Matthias Wengelin (Swe) SCS Racing Team 0:05:37  
19 Axel Lindh (Swe) SCS Racing Team 0:05:57  
20 Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida 0:05:57  
21 Oleksandr Geraschenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 0:06:42  
22 Julian Schelb (Ger) Multivan Merida 0:07:12  
23 Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy 0:07:13  
24 Thijs Zuurbier (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 0:07:34  
25 Sebastian Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team 0:07:39  
26 Hamish Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team 0:07:45  
27 Kornel Osicki (Pol) Kross Racing Team 0:08:20  
28 Jason Bouttell (GBr) Velopro 0:08:34  
29 Christopher Maletz (Ger) Fujibikes Team 0:08:51  
30 Anton Gogolev (Rus) Impuls 0:09:06  
31 Egger Greog (Ger) Lexware Racing Team 0:09:14  
32 Steven James (GBr) Hargroves Cycles Rt-Specialized-Trant-Next-Elliot's 0:09:22  
33 Marek Konwa (Pol) Polish National Team 0:09:28  
34 Lee Williams (GBr) Gateway Racing 0:09:46  
35 Oleksii Zavolokin (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:09:49  
36 Ryo Saito (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team 0:09:55  
37 Filip Eberl (Cze) Remerx Merida Team Kolin 0:10:01  
38 Simon Schilli (Ger) Racextract.Wekstream/Powersports Offenburg 0:10:09  
39 Lucien Besancon (Swi) Wheeler-Ixs 0:10:13  
40 Lucian Logigan (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team 0:10:52  
41 Marios Athanasiades (Cyp) Omonoia 0:10:52  
42 Kristofers Racenajs (Lat) DPA 0:11:19  
43 Reinis Andrijanovs (Lat) DPA 0:11:36  
44 Oprea Ovidiu Tudor (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team 0:11:47  
45 Sondre Kristiansen (Nor) Norwegian National Team 0:12:00  
46 Edvard Vea Iversen (Nor) Norwegian National Team 0:12:02  
47 Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team 0:12:16  
48 Zdenek Vobecky (Cze) Evelen Rubena Test Team 0:12:52  
49 Artem Aleksandrov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy 0:13:48  
50 Urban Ferencak (Slo) Salcano Alanya 0:14:39  
51 Pieter Geluykens (Bel) Merida Wallonie 0:14:54  
52 Sanghoon Na (Kor) Elfama-Fdr 0:15:02  
53 Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 0:15:09  
54 Jakob Hartmann (Ger) Sc Rosenheim 0:15:35  
-1 Lap Ole Hem (Nor) Norwegian National Team 0:15:43  
-1 Lap Christos Loizou (Cyp) Apoel 0:15:48  
-1 Lap Nicolas Fischer (Swi) JB Felt Team 0:15:56  
-1 Lap Daniel Voitl (Ger) Bike Junior Team 0:15:56  
-1 Lap Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team 0:15:58  
-2 Laps Ruslan Boredksii (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy 0:16:04  
-2 Laps Alexander Polyakov (Rus) Shvsm-Samara 0:18:00  
-2 Laps Artem Shevtsov (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:18:09  
-3 Laps Fabian Costa (Aut) Hai Powerbike Team 0:18:55  
-3 Laps Giorgos Fattas (Cyp) Cosmopolis    
-3 Laps Alexandros Vrochides (Gre) SMF Team    
-3 Laps Roy Beukers (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda    
-3 Laps Shun Matsumoto (Jpn) Team Scott Japan    
-3 Laps Aleksei Krylov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy    
-4 Laps Alexey Lomilov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy    
-5 Laps Aleksandr Krasnov (Rus) Sdyusshor Sestroretsk    
-3 Laps Jesper Andersson (Swe) Team Corratec Sweden    
-4 Laps Cristian Losonczi (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team    
-4 Laps Charun Molla Amet Ali Oglu (Gre) SMF Team    
-4 Laps Samuel Stean (GBr) Mountain Trax - Vauxhall Motors Cycling    
-4 Laps Michalis Karatzis (Cyp) Pol    
-4 Laps Anastasios Tsakalos (Gre) Panathinaikos    
-4 Laps Demos Paltayian (Cyp) Pol    
DNF Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team    
DNF Dmitrii Medvedev (Rus) Full Dynamix    
DNF Peteris Janevics (Lat) DPA    
DNF Nicolas Daniels (Bel) Merida Wallonie    
DNF Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl Pro Team    
DNF Dimitrios Antoniadis (Gre) SMF Team    
DNS Pantelis Christoforou (Cyp) Agios Mnason    
Elite women
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jolanda Neff (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team 1:18:56  
2 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 0:00:06  
3 Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida 0:00:50  
4 Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team 0:02:19  
5 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro 0:02:42  
6 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost 0:02:55  
7 Lene Byberg (Nor) Norwegian National Team 0:03:19  
8 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro 0:03:47  
9 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost 0:04:34  
10 Yana Belomoina (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:04:42  
11 Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Polish National Team 0:04:53  
12 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost 0:05:41  
13 Vera Andreeva (Rus) Rusvelo Team 0:06:21  
14 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro 0:06:39  
15 Paula Gorycka (Pol) Polish National Team 0:06:53  
16 Monika Zur (Pol) Polish National Team 0:07:35  
17 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing 0:07:43  
18 Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 0:07:53  
19 Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida Wallonie 0:08:08  
20 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Ebe-Racing-Team 0:08:22  
21 Iryna Popova (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:09:08  
22 Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Alanya 0:09:23  
23 Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Polish National Team 0:09:37  
24 Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer Bmc 0:09:42  
25 Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team 0:10:09  
26 Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus) Rusvelo Team 0:11:28  
27 Nadezhda Antonova (Rus) Rusvelo Team 0:11:42  
28 Anastasiya Hoda (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 0:11:42  
29 Ingrid Sofie Boe Jacobsen (Nor) Norwegian National Team 0:12:44  
30 Elena Gogoleva (Rus) Shvsm-Samara 0:15:51  
31 Kristina Kirillova (Rus) Rusvelo Team 0:16:05  
32 Guzel Akhmadulina (Rus) Uor 2-Karo-D 0:17:19  
-1 Lap Marina Filippova (Rus) Karo-Setroretsk    
-1 Lap Dina Gordiuk (Ukr) Ukraine National Team    
-3 Laps Jelena Petrova (Lat) Bikin'cyprus    
DNF Vendula Kuntova (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin    
DNF Chantal Eheim (Swi) JB Felt Team    
DNF Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Omonoia    
Elite men final Sunshine Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida 190  pts
2 Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Czech National Team 175  
3 Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida 148  
4 Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida 147  
5 Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team 130  
6 Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida Wallonie 118  
7 Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida 110  
8 Simon Scheiber (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team 109  
9 Sergiy Rysenko (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 109  
10 Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 106  
11 Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Full Dynamix 99  
12 Karl Markt (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team 97  
13 Ola Kjoren (Nor) Norwegian National Team 96  
14 Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 94  
15 Preimanis Matiss (Lat) DPA 94  
16 Gregor Raggl (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team 89  
17 Kornel Osicki (Pol) Kross Racing Team 79  
18 Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) ISD Team 79  
19 Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy 76  
20 Hamish Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team 69  
21 Sebastian Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team 69  
22 Lee Williams (GBr) Gateway Racing 68  
23 Thijs Zuurbier (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 67  
24 Iversen Edvard Vea (Nor) Norwegian National Team 62  
25 Peteris Janevics (Lat) DPA 54  
26 Anton Gogolev (Rus) Impuls 54  
27 Lucien Besancon (Swi) Wheeler-Ixs 54  
28 Simon Schilli (Ger) Racextract.Wekstream/Powersp 51  
29 Egger Greog (Ger) Lexware Racing Team 51  
30 Zdenek Vobecky (Cze) Evelen Rubena Test Team 48  
31 Kristofers Racenajs (Lat) DPA 48  
32 Sondre Kristiansen (Nor) Norwegian National Team 47  
33 Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl Pro Team 45  
34 Reinis Andrijanovs (Lat) DPA 43  
35 Marios Athanasiadis (Cyp) Omonoia 38  
36 Lucian Logigan (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team 38  
37 Steven James (GBr) Hargroves Cycles Rt-Specialized 33  
38 Oleksii Zavolokin (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 32  
39 Oprea Ovidiu Tudor (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team 30  
40 Ryo Saito (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team 29  
41 Christos Loizou (Cyp) Apoel 24  
42 Artem Shevtsov (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 23  
43 Artem Aleksandrov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy 20  
44 Ole Hem (Nor) Norwegian National Team 18  
45 Nicolas Daniels (Bel) Merida Wallonie 16  
46 Urban Ferencak (Slo) Salcano Alanya 15  
47 Pieter Geluykens (Bel) Merida Wallonie 14  
48 Sanghoon Na (Kor) Elfama-Fdr 13  
49 Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 12  
50 Jakob Hartmann (Ger) Sc Rosenheim 11  
51 Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) ISD Team 10  
52 Ruslan Boredksii (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy 7  
53 Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team 6  
54 Alexander Polyakov (Rus) Shvsm-Samara 4  
55 Fabian Costa (Aut) Hai Powerbike Team 2  
56 Roy Beukers (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 1  
57 Pantelis Christoforou (Cyp) Ayios Mnason    
58 Constantinos Thymides (Cyp) Irakleitos    
59 Demos Paltayian (Cyp) Pol    
60 Charun Molla Amet Ali Oglu (Gre) SMF Team    
61 Dimitrios Antoniadis (Gre) SMF Team    
62 Alexandros Vrochides (Gre) SMF Team    
63 Shun Matsumoto (Jpn) Team Scott Japan    
64 Cristian Losonczi (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team    
65 Alexey Krylov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy    
66 Aleksandr Krasnov (Rus) Caro-Sestroretsk    
Elite women final Sunshine Cup standings
# Rider Name (Country) Team Result
1 Jolanda Neff (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team 200  pts
2 Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 165  
3 Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro 155  
4 Gunn-­-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida 155  
5 Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro 150  
6 Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost 126  
7 Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost 124  
8 Lene Byberg (Nor) Norwegian National Team 120  
9 Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro 117  
10 Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost 116  
11 Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Czech National Team 110  
12 Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Alanya 101  
13 Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida Wallonie 93  
14 Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda 92  
15 Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team 85  
16 Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Ebe-Racing-Team 84  
17 Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) ISD Team 82  
18 Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer Bmc 81  
19 Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus) Rusvelo Team 77  
20 Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Omonoia 73  
21 Elena Gogoleva (Rus) Shvsm-Samara,Willier Veloma 70  
22 Anastasiya Hoda (Ukr) Ukraine National Team 70  
23 Marina Filippova (Rus) Caro - Sestroretsk 63  
24 Chantal Eheim (Swi) JB Felt Team 58