Kulhavy & Spitz win Race Under Sun

The women's podium

The women's podium (Image credit: Mike Hadjioannou)

Jaroslav Kulhavy took a surprising win in men's competition of the Race Under the Sun in Yermasogia, Cyprus. In an exciting contest, the Czech rider beat Italian riders Yader Zoli and Toni Longo.

Favorite Fredrik Kessiakoff (Swe) crashed on the first lap. He then abandoned, leaving a group of four men to set the pace. One of them, Roel Paulissen (Bel) fell back in the fifth lap.

Kulhavy spent most of the time in the last position of the lead group until the final lap. Then the 2003 Junior World Champion attacked, gapped Zoli and Longo, and eventually celebrated his victory with a margin of six seconds. The 22-year-old rider showed that he has finally arrived amongst the elite after several years in the senior ranks.

The women faced temperatures of 25 degrees, an advantage for Sabine Spitz, who likes racing in the heat. After some troubles for the women's peloton, which went the wrong way during the start loop, Spitz led the field onto the demanding course. In her first race this season, she was left Tereza Hurikova behind on the second of four laps, eventually finishing 1:30 minutes ahead of the young Czech challenger.

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