Langvad wins again in Cyprus; Moorlag surprises in men's race

Klemencic, Markt secures overall

The Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2011 ended in Amathous with an expected win by favorite Annika Langvad (Easton Rockets) and with a surprising victory by Henk Jaap Moorlag (Rabobank Giant Offroad Team). Langvad claimed her second victory ahead of Lene Byberg (Specialized Factory Team) and Sabine Spitz (Central Haibike). Moorlag was faster around the course than Irjan Luttenberg (MPL Specialized MTB Team) and Karl Markt (Felt Otztal X-Bionic). Overall Sunshine Cup leaders Blaza Klemencic (Felt Otztal X-Bionic) and Markt were in no danger of losing their orange jerseys.

The women's race provided the same outcome as the first round two weeks ago. Langvad immediately took the lead and rode solo until the end of the race at the ruins of Amathous. She enjoyed warm, sunny conditions and had no problems en route to victory, which she took by one minute.

"I was a little bit tired this morning, like I had a cold," said Langvad. "So I was nervous about how it would go. But at least I was able to show again my current form. I'm very pleased about that."

She added that she would have liked to have had a full suspension bike on the more technical course.

Byberg showed up riding stronger than the previous week - as did Sabine Spitz (Central Haibike). For half the race, Spitz stayed close to Byberg, but the Norwegian created a gap that Spitz couldn't close.

"It was my best day for a long time. I was able to find a good rhythm and to push hard," said runner-up Byberg. "When I saw that Sabine had to let me go, I was riding on my own. I'm really happy that I was feeling so good after last weekend. My shape is coming. It was a good decision to come to Cyprus again. I had two good weeks and this course is good for training."

For a long time, Spitz battled with Klemencic for the final podium spot and during the final lap, she secured the second spot.

"It was a nice race, and I'm satisfied with the result. It was the second time I was on my mountain bike this year, and I saw that I need some more training on my technical skills. But with my physical condition, I'm okay," said Klemencic. "I think I'm on a better level than normally in this part of the year. I cannot compare to my competitors but only to the memories I have in my mind."

Klemencic was able to keep the fourth position despite a charge by Lisa Brandau (Central Haibike) and so secured her first Cyprus Sunshine Cup overall win. Second place went to Anne Terpstra (MPL Specialized).

"I didn't have the legs for the podium today," said Klemencic. "After three weeks on Cyprus I'm very happy to get the overall win. That's a pretty good start to the season."

Men's race

In the men's race, under 23 racer Moorlag showed his talent by taking his first victory outside of his home country. He started pretty fast, joining the Swiss Thomas Litscher (Felt Ötztal X-Bionic) in the lead. Litscher flatted in the first complete lap, and so Moorlag was left alone.

From the beginning I had good legs and I felt like I can do whatever I want to," said Moorlag. "I recognized that I'd been going better day by day, but I never expected to win. It was so easy. It's amazing to ride in front and it was a kind of flow. This victory is good for the team and also good for Dutch mountain biking. We are now at the end of three weeks with good weather and it is a perfect start into the season.

Markt, Emil Lindgren (Rabobank-Giant) and Luttenberg formed the chase group, at 45 seconds.

Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized) was missing at the front of the race. A broken pedal had put him out of the race in the very first lap.

It was expected that Markt or Lindgren would be the one to make it into second place, but surprisingly Dutchman Luttenberg took that spot. In the penultimate lap, he got away from Markt and Lindgren, chasing his fellow Dutchman Moorlag who led. Luttenburg couldn't get close to the leader, but he left his contenders behind, earning the second spot on the podium.

"That's a surprise for me," said Luttenburg of his second place. "After a bad season last year (overtraining), I had a lot of good training this winter and now it's put me in good shape. I was starting from the back, but I rode to the front easily. The third lap I thought, 'why don't give it a try?' and it worked."

Markt, wearing the Sunshine Cup leader's jersey, took fight for third place against Lindgren and Fabian Giger (Rabobank-Giant) who earned fourth and fifth respectively.

"I couldn't ride in front today, but the win is in the team," said Lindgren. "I said to Henk-Jaap, if you can follow Litscher then do it. The win is important for the team. We are three in the top five, so everything is fine.

"Henk-Jaap was not to be caught," said Markt. "I tried to catch him, but I was no chance to. I had some problems with my suspension but that didn't make the difference. He was in his own league today."

"I was trying to bring the Sunshine Cup to a good end and third place is good. These two weeks were crazy for me. The weather was super, there were a lot of points and my shape is okay."

Sunshine Cup #3 Full Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Henk Jaap Moorlag (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team1:25:16 
2Irjan Luttenberg (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:00:40 
3Karl Markt (Aut) Felt Otztal X-Bionic0:01:00 
4Emil Lindgren (Swe) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:01:02 
5Fabian Giger (Swi) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:01:06 
6Matous Ulman (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:02:00 
7Klaus Nielsen (Den) Giant Denmark0:02:04 
8Thomas Litscher (Swi) Felt Otztal X-Bionic0:02:08 
9Magnus Darvell (Swe) Swedish National Team0:02:10 
10Christoph Soukup (Aut) Union Rc Hitec Team0:02:15 
11Jan Skarnitzl (Cze) Rider Rubena Birell Specialized0:02:40 
12Tim Bohme (Ger) Team Bulls0:02:50 
13Milan Spensy (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:03:17 
14Kevin Van Hoovels (Bel) Versluys-Evenza0:03:29 
15Thomas Dietsch (Fra) Team Bulls0:03:41 
16Frank Schotman (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:03:47 
17Marco Minnaard (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:03:53 
18Ole-Christian Fagerli (Nor)0:04:09 
19Jiri Friedl (Cze) Rider Rubena Birell Specialized0:04:27 
20Matthias Wengelin (Swe) Swedish National Team0:04:27 
21Sebastien Carabin (Bel) Versluys-Evenza0:04:56 
22Simon Scheiber (Aut) Felt Otztal X-Bionic0:05:10 
23Maxim Gogolev (Rus) Leningrad Region0:05:11 
24Lee Williams (GBr) Wiggle0:05:25 
25Fredrik Edin (Swe) Cykloteket0:05:37 
26Ola Kjoren (Nor) Team Focus-Danica0:05:45 
27Jonas Pedersen (Den) HMTBK0:07:20 
28Michiel Van De Heijden (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:07:27 
29Olof Jonsson (Swe) Swedish National Team0:07:40 
30Mikhail Baryshnikov (Rus) Primorskiy District0:07:53 
31Alexander Vincent Blomqvist (Swe) Alings?S Sportsclub0:08:32 
32Ivan Seledkov (Rus) Velodrive0:09:09 
33Ivan Smirnov (Rus) Primorskiy District0:09:12 
34Henrique Avancini Da Silva (Bra) Isd Cycling Team0:09:12 
35Torsten Marx (Ger) German National Team0:09:41 
36Jiri Novak (Cze) S&H Superior MTB Team0:09:52 
37Evgeny Nikolaev (Rus) Primorskiy District0:09:54 
38Henrik Kippernes (Nor) Team Focus-Danica0:10:09 
39Pavel Pryadein (Rus)0:10:49 
40Artem Orlov (Rus) Leningrad Region0:11:02 
41Jelmer Jubbega (Ned) Rabobank Giant Offroad Team0:11:37 
42Marios Athanasiades (Cyp) Omonoia0:11:47 
43Chris Andrews (GBr) Orange Monkey/Cannondale0:13:18 
44Anton Gogolev (Rus) Impuls0:14:42 
45Fabrice Mels (Bel) Rocky Roads Orbea0:15:36 
46Michalis Kitis (Cyp) Pol0:15:54 
47Aleksey Leontyev (Rus)0:16:24 
48Mykhaylo Batsutsa (Ukr) Info Tre-Bi Esse0:16:31 
49Timofei Ivanov (Rus) Primorskiy District0:16:42 
50Anton Liubyi (Ukr)0:17:24 
51Anatoly Gravilov (Rus)0:17:54 
-2lapsIlya Dyshakov (Rus)  
-2lapsKiriakos Skettos (Cyp) Omonoia  
-2lapsDenis Khobotov (Rus)  
-3lapsGiorgos Fattas (Cyp) Limassol Sporting Club  
-3lapsVadim Galeyev (Kaz) Kaz Olympic Traning Center  
-4lapsPantelis Christoforou (Cyp) Agios Mnason  
-4lapsTheodorou Loukas (Cyp) Hrakleitos  
-4lapsAggelos Kiriakou (Cyp) Agios Mnason  
-6lapsJaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) Specialized Factory Team  
-6lapsTimotheos Skettos (Cyp) Sporting Club Lemesos  
DNFRene Tann (Ger) German National Team  
DNFLukas Kaufmann (Swi) Easton Rockets  
DNFVasilis Adamou (Cyp) Omonoia  
DNFJonas De Backer (Bel) Rocky Roads Orbea  
DNFMattias Nilsson (Swe) Swedish National Team  
DNSMartin Loo (Est) Info Tre-Bi Esse  
DNSGluth Martin (Ger) Team Bulls  
DNSSavvas Petrou (Cyp) Hraklitos  
Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Annika Langvad (Den) Easton Rockets1:20:45 
2Lene Byberg (Nor) Specialized Factory Team0:01:05 
3Sabine Spitz (Ger) Central Haibike0:02:08 
4Blaza Klemencic (Slo) Felt Otztal X-Bionic0:02:31 
5Elisabeth Brandau (Ger) Central Haibike0:03:02 
6Anne Terpstra (Ned) MPL Specialized MTB Team0:05:42 
7Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Central Haibike0:06:33 
8Rie Katayama (Jpn) Specialezed Jpn0:06:53 
9Ekaterina Anoshina (Rus) Primorskiy District0:08:27 
10Tatjana Dold (Ger) Easton Rockets0:08:39 
11Asa Erlandsson (Swe) Swedish National Team0:09:08 
12Githa Michiels (Bel) Trek Kmc Trade Team0:09:43 
13Iana Belomoyna (Ukr) Info Tre-Bi Esse0:10:22 
14Melanie Spath (Ger) Cycleways0:10:40 
15Nicoletta De Jager (Ned) Rijwielpaleis Mountainbike Team0:10:52 
16Vera Andreeva (Rus)0:11:36 
17Oxana Rybakova (Rus)0:11:41 
18Krista Park (USA) Cannondale/Notubes0:13:27 
19Emmy Thelberg (Swe) Swedish National Team0:14:22 
20Elena Gogoleva (Rus) Leningrad Region0:18:04 
21Marta Terershchuk (Ukr) Info Tre-Bi Esse0:20:55 
22Nadya Kachshkina (Rus)0:20:55 
23Kseniya Kirillova (Rus)0:22:02 
24Michaela Malarikova (Svk) Ck Suicmub Bratislava0:23:14 
-1lapViktoriya Sultanova (Ukr) C.C. Roma  
-1lapAndria Christophorou (Cyp) Omonoia  
-2lapsJelena Petrova (Lat) Omonoia  
DNSTereza Hurikova (Cze) Central Haibike  
Junior men
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Kropachev Egor (Rus) Primorskiy District1:01:00 
2Alexey Lomilov (Rus) Primorskiy District0:00:04 
3Artem Shevtsov (Ukr) Team Protek0:00:36 
4Alexei Krylov (Rus) Primorskiy District0:01:40 
5Vladislav Bondaruk (Rus) Leningrad Region0:02:53 
6Alex Baker (GBr) Orange Monkey/Cannondale0:03:25 
7Christos Loizou (Cyp) Omonoia0:03:30 
8Yernar Bauyrbek (Kaz) Kaz Olympic Trainig Center0:03:40 
9Mark Kuyan (Rus) Primorskiy District0:04:31 
10Roman Balashov (Kaz) Kaz Olympic Trainig Center0:07:57 
11Leontios Katsouris (Cyp) P.O.L0:08:51 
12Pavel Aidubayev (Kaz) Kaz Olympic Trainig Center0:09:28 
13Sergey Kovalchuk (Kaz) Kaz Olympic Trainig Center0:09:43 
14Papacharalampous Kiriakos (Cyp) Omonoia0:14:03 
15Ilya Chaplygin (Kaz) Kaz Olympic Trainig Center0:16:06 
16Irineos Koutsiou (Cyp) Hrakleitos0:17:19 
17Ivan Podgornov (Rus) Leningrad Region0:20:18 
-1lapKagkelaris Andreas (Cyp) Pol  
DNSKiriakou Mamas (Cyp) Agios Mnason  
DNSMikhail Protonin (Rus)  
Junior women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Evgeniya Nekrasova (Rus) Leningrad Region0:54:45 
2Rimma Luchshenko (Kaz) Kaz Olympic Trainig Center0:04:23 
3Marzhan Baitleuova (Kaz) Kaz Olympic Trainig Center0:15:07 
-1lapSkouroupathi Mirto (Cyp) Apollon  
Masters 1
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Ioannou Marios (Cyp) Pol0:56:44 
2Petros Petrakis Pol0:03:23 
3Zorpas Stauros0:09:54 
DNSFeggaras Doros Omonoia  
Masters 2
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Viktor Korchagin (Rus)0:47:55 
2Damalas Koulis (Cyp) Omonoia0:12:55 
3Antreou Vasos (Cyp) Podilatiki Kipros0:16:39 
4Vasilas Eystathios (Cyp) Podilatiki Kipros0:17:09 
-1lapAchilleos Sofoulis (Cyp) Spoko  
Master women
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Galina Balaguzova (Rus)0:59:41 
DNFKsenia Chernykh (Rus)  
Cadet boys
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Paltagian Dimos (Cyp) Pol0:49:54 
2Xristodoulidis Markos (Cyp) Agios Mnason0:03:34 
3Antoniou Andreas (Cyp) Pol0:07:36 
4Petrides Andreas (Cyp) Pol0:08:18 
5Giorgos Irakleos (Cyp) Apollon0:13:32 
6Dimitriades Andreas (Cyp) Omonoia0:15:32 
7Kiriakos Andreou (Cyp) Podilatiki Kipros0:26:27 
-1lapDimitriou Michalis (Cyp) Apollon  
DNSTheocharous Andys (Cyp) Pol  
DNSIakovou Iakovos (Cyp) Hrakleitos  
Cadet girls
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Olga Terentieva (Rus)0:56:04 
-1lapKatsikidou Antigoni (Cyp) Apollon  
Under 15 boys
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Anton Maltsev (Rus) Leningrad Region0:52:06 
2Michael Xristodoulos (Cyp) Agios Mnason0:18:28 
3Christou Andreas (Cyp) Podilatiki Kipros0:18:45 
4Andreas Papastaurou (Cyp) P.O.L0:29:29 
5Adamou Alexandros (Cyp) Omonoia0:38:53 
6Giagkou Nikolas D8fbd2330 Pol0:43:43 
DNFAndreas Poullakos (Cyp) Hraklitos  
DNSPetrou Kiriakos (Cyp) Hraklitos  
DNSIlia Basilis (Cyp) Hrakleitos  
Under 15 girls
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Regina Skobelva (Rus) Leningrad Region1:02:03 
-1lapChristodoulou Anastasia (Cyp) Podilatiki Kipros  
-1lapZotti Eleni (Cyp) Podilatiki Kipros  
-1lapPolidorou Elina (Cyp) Podilatiki Kipros  
-1lapKaragiorgi Kiriaki (Cyp) Podilatiki Kipros  

Final Cyprus Sunshine Cup Standings

Elite men final standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Karl Markt285 pts
2Emil Lindgren245 
3Fabian Giger240 
4Henk Jaap Moorlag222 
5Jan Skarnitzl208 
6Irjan Luttenberg198 
7Kevin Van Hoovels176 
8Jiri Friedl176 
9Magnus Darvell144 
10Sebastien Carabin144 
11Periklis Ilias142 
12Simon Scheiber134 
13Alban Lakata130 
14Marco Minnaard125 
15Matthias Wengelin123 
16Matous Ulman122 
17Frank Schotman117 
18Fredrik Edin117 
19Fagerli Ole-Christian112 
20Milan Spensy110 
21Maxim Gogolev107 
22Christoph Soukop104 
23Lee Williams102 
24Henrique Avancini Da Silva102 
25Niels Wubben98 
26Ivan Seledkov98 
27Klaus Nielsen97 
28Thomas Dietsch97 
29Ivan Smirnov97 
30Mikhail Baryshnikov92 
31Tim Wynants91 
32Tim Bohme90 
33Jaroslav Kulhavy90 
34Jonsson Olof85 
35Jukka Vastaranta82 
36Alexander Vincent Blomqvist82 
37Jeroen Boelen81 
38Tim Lemmers75 
39Jiri Novak74 
40Kohei Yamamoto73 
41Ola Kjoren72 
42Martin Loo70 
43Thomas Litscher65 
44Timofei Ivanov64 
45Evgeny Nikolaev61 
46Bas Peters61 
47Jonas Pedersen59 
48Oliver Beckingsale56 
49Torsten Marx55 
50Rene Tann54 
51Marek Konwa53 
52Marios Athanasiades46 
53Mykhaylo Batsutsa46 
54Jelmer Pietersma46 
55Erik Groen45 
56Stefan Sahm45 
57Anatoly Gravilov41 
58Mattias Nilsson38 
59Michiel Van De Heijden37 
60Henrik Kippernes37 
61Adam Craig36 
62Chris Andrews34 
63Nicolas Jeantet34 
64Pavel Pryadein33 
65Michalis Kitis27 
66Artem Orlov25 
67Anton Liubyi25 
68Jelmer Jubbega24 
69Anton Gogolev24 
70Fabrice Mels22 
71Sang Hoon Na21 
72Aleksey Leontyev20 
73Jonas De Backer20 
74Seyia Hirano18 
75Nicolas Vermeulen16 
76Georgios Pattes - Toumanis16 
77Andy Eyring15 
78Gluth Martin15 
79Ilya Dyshakov14 
80Denis Khobotov14 
81Giorgos Fattas14 
82Antoniades Dimitrios14 
83Lukas Kaufmann14 
84Kazuhiro Yamamoto13 
85Kiriakos Skettos12 
86Simon Stiebjahn11 
87Victor Trokhin11 
88Vadim Galeyev9 
89Vasilis Adamou9 
90Pantelis Christoforou8 
91Theodorou Loukas7 
92Aggelos Kiriakou6 
93Paul Beales6 
94Timotheos Skettos5 
95Alexios Kokovikas5 
96Marcel Braun4 
97Markus Preis1 
98Marcel Fleschhut  
99Felix Euteneuer  
100Savvas Petrou  
101Loukas Theodorou  
102Ben Roff  
103Johannes Koelze  
104Mario Waibel  
105Ruslan Gritsan  
106Daniel-Marius Rosioru  
107Sergji Rysenko  
108Oleksandr Gerashenko  
109Dmytro Titarenko  
110Alexey Kuzmenko  
111Salah Rabah  
112Zaher El Hage  
113Vladislavs Neroznaks  
Elite women final standings
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Blaza Klemencic260 pts
2Anne Terpstra215 
3Rie Katayama210 
4Annika Langvad200 
5Lene Byberg190 
6Iana Belomoyna176 
7Melanie Spath168 
8Asa Erlandsson166 
9Krista Park163 
10Elisabeth Brandau155 
11Githa Michiels154 
12Nicoletta De Jager151 
13Laura Turpijn136 
14Elena Gogoleva132 
15Marta Terershchuk129 
16Ekaterina Anoshina127 
17Tatjana Dold125 
18Emmy Thelberg121 
19Viktoriya Sultanova120 
20Jelena Petrova110 
21Maaris Meier106 
22Oxana Rybakova100 
23Maria Osl97 
24Michelle Hediger94 
25Dosa Eszter90 
26Anja Gradl85 
27Sabine Spitz85 
28Kristine Nørgaard85 
29Michaela Malarikova81 
30Janka Stevkova80 
31Stephania Magri76 
32Natasha Barry75 
33Kathrin Stirnemann68 
34Helen Grobert54 
35Silke Schmidt50 
36Vera Andreeva49 
37Anneke Beerten46 
38Ekaterina Anoshina44 
39Rozanne Slik44 
40Nadya Kachshkina43 
41Kseniya Kirillova42 
42Michaela Malarikova40 
43Idit Shub39 
44Andria Christophorou39 
45Tereza Hurikova  
46Ann Berglund  
47Andria Christophorou  
48Nadine Rieder  
49Mona Eiberweiser  
50Alla Boyko  
51Demetra Antoniou  
52Nataliya Krompets  

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