Cink and Neff win Cyprus Sunshine Cup in Voroklini

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) TeamResult
1Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida1:39:50 
2Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Sram Rubena Trek0:00:17 
3Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida0:00:36 
4Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida0:01:00 
5Wolfram Kurschat (Ger) Topeak Ergon Racing Team0:01:42 
6Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team0:02:31 
7Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida Wallonie0:02:43 
8Sergiy Rysenko (Ukr) Ukraine National Team0:02:57 
9Preimanis Matiss (Lat) DPA0:03:47 
10Simon Scheiber (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team0:03:56 
11Karl Markt (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team0:04:05 
12Nicola Rohrbach (Swi) Goldwurst-Power/Stockli0:04:22 
13Ola Kjoren (Nor) Norwegian National Team0:04:30 
14Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Full Dynamix0:04:44 
15Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda0:05:10 
16Gregor Raggl (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team0:05:16 
17Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda0:05:16 
18Matthias Wengelin (Swe) SCS Racing Team0:05:37 
19Axel Lindh (Swe) SCS Racing Team0:05:57 
20Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida0:05:57 
21Oleksandr Geraschenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team0:06:42 
22Julian Schelb (Ger) Multivan Merida0:07:12 
23Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy0:07:13 
24Thijs Zuurbier (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda0:07:34 
25Sebastian Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team0:07:39 
26Hamish Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team0:07:45 
27Kornel Osicki (Pol) Kross Racing Team0:08:20 
28Jason Bouttell (GBr) Velopro0:08:34 
29Christopher Maletz (Ger) Fujibikes Team0:08:51 
30Anton Gogolev (Rus) Impuls0:09:06 
31Egger Greog (Ger) Lexware Racing Team0:09:14 
32Steven James (GBr) Hargroves Cycles Rt-Specialized-Trant-Next-Elliot's0:09:22 
33Marek Konwa (Pol) Polish National Team0:09:28 
34Lee Williams (GBr) Gateway Racing0:09:46 
35Oleksii Zavolokin (Ukr) Ukraine National Team0:09:49 
36Ryo Saito (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team0:09:55 
37Filip Eberl (Cze) Remerx Merida Team Kolin0:10:01 
38Simon Schilli (Ger) Racextract.Wekstream/Powersports Offenburg0:10:09 
39Lucien Besancon (Swi) Wheeler-Ixs0:10:13 
40Lucian Logigan (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team0:10:52 
41Marios Athanasiades (Cyp) Omonoia0:10:52 
42Kristofers Racenajs (Lat) DPA0:11:19 
43Reinis Andrijanovs (Lat) DPA0:11:36 
44Oprea Ovidiu Tudor (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team0:11:47 
45Sondre Kristiansen (Nor) Norwegian National Team0:12:00 
46Edvard Vea Iversen (Nor) Norwegian National Team0:12:02 
47Daniel Federspiel (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team0:12:16 
48Zdenek Vobecky (Cze) Evelen Rubena Test Team0:12:52 
49Artem Aleksandrov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy0:13:48 
50Urban Ferencak (Slo) Salcano Alanya0:14:39 
51Pieter Geluykens (Bel) Merida Wallonie0:14:54 
52Sanghoon Na (Kor) Elfama-Fdr0:15:02 
53Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda0:15:09 
54Jakob Hartmann (Ger) Sc Rosenheim0:15:35 
-1 LapOle Hem (Nor) Norwegian National Team0:15:43 
-1 LapChristos Loizou (Cyp) Apoel0:15:48 
-1 LapNicolas Fischer (Swi) JB Felt Team0:15:56 
-1 LapDaniel Voitl (Ger) Bike Junior Team0:15:56 
-1 LapSeiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team0:15:58 
-2 LapsRuslan Boredksii (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy0:16:04 
-2 LapsAlexander Polyakov (Rus) Shvsm-Samara0:18:00 
-2 LapsArtem Shevtsov (Ukr) Ukraine National Team0:18:09 
-3 LapsFabian Costa (Aut) Hai Powerbike Team0:18:55 
-3 LapsGiorgos Fattas (Cyp) Cosmopolis  
-3 LapsAlexandros Vrochides (Gre) SMF Team  
-3 LapsRoy Beukers (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda  
-3 LapsShun Matsumoto (Jpn) Team Scott Japan  
-3 LapsAleksei Krylov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy  
-4 LapsAlexey Lomilov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy  
-5 LapsAleksandr Krasnov (Rus) Sdyusshor Sestroretsk  
-3 LapsJesper Andersson (Swe) Team Corratec Sweden  
-4 LapsCristian Losonczi (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team  
-4 LapsCharun Molla Amet Ali Oglu (Gre) SMF Team  
-4 LapsSamuel Stean (GBr) Mountain Trax - Vauxhall Motors Cycling  
-4 LapsMichalis Karatzis (Cyp) Pol  
-4 LapsAnastasios Tsakalos (Gre) Panathinaikos  
-4 LapsDemos Paltayian (Cyp) Pol  
DNFDmytro Titarenko (Ukr) ISD MTB Team  
DNFDmitrii Medvedev (Rus) Full Dynamix  
DNFPeteris Janevics (Lat) DPA  
DNFNicolas Daniels (Bel) Merida Wallonie  
DNFAnton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl Pro Team  
DNFDimitrios Antoniadis (Gre) SMF Team  
DNSPantelis Christoforou (Cyp) Agios Mnason  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolanda Neff (Swi) Liv Pro XC Team1:18:56 
2Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda0:00:06 
3Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida0:00:50 
4Maja Wloszczowska (Pol) Liv Pro XC Team0:02:19 
5Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro0:02:42 
6Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost0:02:55 
7Lene Byberg (Nor) Norwegian National Team0:03:19 
8Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro0:03:47 
9Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost0:04:34 
10Yana Belomoina (Ukr) Ukraine National Team0:04:42 
11Katarzyna Solus-Miskowicz (Pol) Polish National Team0:04:53 
12Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost0:05:41 
13Vera Andreeva (Rus) Rusvelo Team0:06:21 
14Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro0:06:39 
15Paula Gorycka (Pol) Polish National Team0:06:53 
16Monika Zur (Pol) Polish National Team0:07:35 
17Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Specialized Racing0:07:43 
18Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda0:07:53 
19Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida Wallonie0:08:08 
20Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Ebe-Racing-Team0:08:22 
21Iryna Popova (Ukr) Ukraine National Team0:09:08 
22Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Alanya0:09:23 
23Aleksandra Dawidowicz (Pol) Polish National Team0:09:37 
24Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer Bmc0:09:42 
25Nataliya Krompets (Ukr) ISD MTB Team0:10:09 
26Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus) Rusvelo Team0:11:28 
27Nadezhda Antonova (Rus) Rusvelo Team0:11:42 
28Anastasiya Hoda (Ukr) Ukraine National Team0:11:42 
29Ingrid Sofie Boe Jacobsen (Nor) Norwegian National Team0:12:44 
30Elena Gogoleva (Rus) Shvsm-Samara0:15:51 
31Kristina Kirillova (Rus) Rusvelo Team0:16:05 
32Guzel Akhmadulina (Rus) Uor 2-Karo-D0:17:19 
-1 LapMarina Filippova (Rus) Karo-Setroretsk  
-1 LapDina Gordiuk (Ukr) Ukraine National Team  
-3 LapsJelena Petrova (Lat) Bikin'cyprus  
DNFVendula Kuntova (Cze) Remerx-Merida Team Kolin  
DNFChantal Eheim (Swi) JB Felt Team  
DNFAntri Christoforou (Cyp) Omonoia  
Elite men final Sunshine Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ondrej Cink (Cze) Multivan Merida190 pts
2Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Czech National Team175 
3Rudi Van Houts (Ned) Multivan Merida148 
4Thomas Litscher (Swi) Multivan Merida147 
5Michiel Van Der Heijden (Ned) Giant Pro XC Team130 
6Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Merida Wallonie118 
7Jose Antonio Hermida Ramos (Spa) Multivan Merida110 
8Simon Scheiber (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team109 
9Sergiy Rysenko (Ukr) Ukraine National Team109 
10Ruben Scheire (Bel) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda106 
11Alexey Medvedev (Rus) Full Dynamix99 
12Karl Markt (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team97 
13Ola Kjoren (Nor) Norwegian National Team96 
14Robby De Bock (Bel) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda94 
15Preimanis Matiss (Lat) DPA94 
16Gregor Raggl (Aut) Otztal Scott Racing Team89 
17Kornel Osicki (Pol) Kross Racing Team79 
18Oleksandr Gerashchenko (Ukr) ISD Team79 
19Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy76 
20Hamish Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team69 
21Sebastian Batchelor (GBr) Fluid Fin Race Team69 
22Lee Williams (GBr) Gateway Racing68 
23Thijs Zuurbier (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda67 
24Iversen Edvard Vea (Nor) Norwegian National Team62 
25Peteris Janevics (Lat) DPA54 
26Anton Gogolev (Rus) Impuls54 
27Lucien Besancon (Swi) Wheeler-Ixs54 
28Simon Schilli (Ger) Racextract.Wekstream/Powersp51 
29Egger Greog (Ger) Lexware Racing Team51 
30Zdenek Vobecky (Cze) Evelen Rubena Test Team48 
31Kristofers Racenajs (Lat) DPA48 
32Sondre Kristiansen (Nor) Norwegian National Team47 
33Anton Sintsov (Rus) Titici Lgl Pro Team45 
34Reinis Andrijanovs (Lat) DPA43 
35Marios Athanasiadis (Cyp) Omonoia38 
36Lucian Logigan (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team38 
37Steven James (GBr) Hargroves Cycles Rt-Specialized33 
38Oleksii Zavolokin (Ukr) Ukraine National Team32 
39Oprea Ovidiu Tudor (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team30 
40Ryo Saito (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team29 
41Christos Loizou (Cyp) Apoel24 
42Artem Shevtsov (Ukr) Ukraine National Team23 
43Artem Aleksandrov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy20 
44Ole Hem (Nor) Norwegian National Team18 
45Nicolas Daniels (Bel) Merida Wallonie16 
46Urban Ferencak (Slo) Salcano Alanya15 
47Pieter Geluykens (Bel) Merida Wallonie14 
48Sanghoon Na (Kor) Elfama-Fdr13 
49Gosse Van Der Meer (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda12 
50Jakob Hartmann (Ger) Sc Rosenheim11 
51Dmytro Titarenko (Ukr) ISD Team10 
52Ruslan Boredksii (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy7 
53Seiya Hirano (Jpn) Bridgestone Anchor Cycling Team6 
54Alexander Polyakov (Rus) Shvsm-Samara4 
55Fabian Costa (Aut) Hai Powerbike Team2 
56Roy Beukers (Ned) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda1 
57Pantelis Christoforou (Cyp) Ayios Mnason  
58Constantinos Thymides (Cyp) Irakleitos  
59Demos Paltayian (Cyp) Pol  
60Charun Molla Amet Ali Oglu (Gre) SMF Team  
61Dimitrios Antoniadis (Gre) SMF Team  
62Alexandros Vrochides (Gre) SMF Team  
63Shun Matsumoto (Jpn) Team Scott Japan  
64Cristian Losonczi (Rom) Ideal Geiger Team  
65Alexey Krylov (Rus) Olimpiiskiye Nadezdy  
66Aleksandr Krasnov (Rus) Caro-Sestroretsk  
Elite women final Sunshine Cup standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Jolanda Neff (Swi) Giant Pro XC Team200 pts
2Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda165 
3Sabine Spitz (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro155 
4Gunn-­-Rita Dahle Flesjaa (Nor) Multivan Merida155 
5Adelheid Morath (Ger) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro150 
6Katrin Leumann (Swi) Ghost126 
7Elisabeth Osl (Aut) Ghost124 
8Lene Byberg (Nor) Norwegian National Team120 
9Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Sabine Spitz Haibike Pro117 
10Alexandra Engen (Swe) Ghost116 
11Tereza Hurikova (Cze) Czech National Team110 
12Jovana Crnogorac (Srb) Salcano Alanya101 
13Alice Pirard (Bel) Merida Wallonie93 
14Lisa Mitterbauer (Aut) Feenstra-Felt-Kenda92 
15Iryna Popova (Ukr) Cycling Club Roma MTB Team85 
16Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Ebe-Racing-Team84 
17Nataliia Krompets (Ukr) ISD Team82 
18Michelle Hediger (Swi) Fischer Bmc81 
19Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus) Rusvelo Team77 
20Antri Christoforou (Cyp) Omonoia73 
21Elena Gogoleva (Rus) Shvsm-Samara,Willier Veloma70 
22Anastasiya Hoda (Ukr) Ukraine National Team70 
23Marina Filippova (Rus) Caro - Sestroretsk63 
24Chantal Eheim (Swi) JB Felt Team58 

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