Zoli and Klemencic win opening Sunshine Cup

Women's podium

Women's podium (Image credit: Michalis Hadjioannou)

The sun didn't show up for the Sunshine Cup first round meeting of 105 men and women elite mountain bikers from around Europe. A slight rain two hours before the start of the first Sunshine Cup was enough to make the life hard for the riders on the 48km course.

Yader Zoli from Italy proved to be the strongest of a break of five men, followed by the German champion Milatz Moritz. Third was Fredrik Kessiakof.

On the women's side 2005 European marathon champion Blaza Klemencic of Slovenia won the event in front of Polish racer Maja Wloszczowska and Great Britain's Amy Hunt. Local Rider Elina Sophokleous was eighth.

The Sunshine Cup continues this weekend with round #2 on March 2 and round #3 on March 4.

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