Estonian Martin Loo (InfoTre Lee Cougan) won the UCI category C2 Yokneam race in northern Israel today in a tight battle with Austrian Hannes Metzler (Muskelkater Genesis Team). Switzerland's Mathias Rupp (eam Firebike Droessiger) was third.
The race, held under a clear blue sky in the forest surrounding Kibbutz Mishmar Haemek covered 6.5 laps of a 5.3km circuit.
Loo and Metzler rode away from the rest of the field on the second lap and stayed together until the last lap, when Loo opened a small gap over Metzler and held it on to the finish.
Former Israeli Champion Shlomi Haimi (Focus MIG) suffered from two flat tires, but was able to finish 11th among a strong international field of 40 riders.
In the women's race the winner was Hungarian Barbara Benko (Euroone-Cube MTB UCI Team), who took an early lead over local crowd favorite Inbar Ronen (CCC) and maintained it. Belgian champion Kristien Nelen (Scott - Goeman UCI Team) was third.
Riders from 10 countries participated in the race, and they are expected to return to participate in tomorrow's C1 race in Haifa.
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Martin Loo (Est) InfoTre Lee Cougan||1:42:05|
|2||Hannes Metzler (Aut) Muskelkater Genesis Team||0:00:06|
|3||Mattias Rupp (Swi) Team Firebike Droessiger||0:02:28|
|4||Matthias Leisling (Ger) Muskelkater Genesis Team||0:02:56|
|5||Szilard Buruczki (Hun) Euroone-Cube MTB UCI Team||0:03:56|
|6||Sebastian Szraucner (Ger) Team Berg||0:04:15|
|7||Evgeny Pechenin (Rus) Forward-Udmurtia||0:06:14|
|8||Wolfgang Krenn (Aut) Bike Team Kaiser||0:06:41|
|9||Christopher Maletz (Ger) Team Easton Rockets||0:06:56|
|10||Benjamin Büchi (Swi) Swiss GS Domaine du Frigoulet||0:08:15|
|11||Robby Debock (Bel) Waasland MTB Team||0:08:38|
|12||Shlomi Haimi (Isr) Focus MIG||0:08:46|
|13||David Simon (Ger)||0:08:57|
|14||Georgios Pattes-Toumanis (Gre) Greece||0:09:40|
|15||Marek Csielka (Hun) Euroone-Cube MTB UCI Team||0:11:26|
|16||Dimitrios Antoniadis (Gre) Greece||0:11:34|
|17||Idan Shapira (Isr) CCC||0:12:27|
|18||Dror Pekatch (Isr) Israel Go Pro||0:12:54|
|19||Christian Bickel (Swi)||0:14:01|
|20||Alexios Kokovikas (Gre) Greece||0:14:12|
|21||Kirill Kazantsev (Kaz) Kazakhstan||0:14:17|
|22||Paul Beales (GBr) Orange Monkey - Cannondale||0:16:24|
|23||Anton Korolev (Rus) Forward-Udmurtia||0:17:08|
|24||Marco Schaetzing (Ger)||0:17:13|
|25||Itai Bireboim (Isr) For Galilee Cycle||0:17:23|
|-1lap||Eliad Daniel (Isr) CCC|
|-1lap||Oded Danon (Isr) CCC|
|-1lap||Zsolt Juhasz (Hun) Euroone-Cube MTB UCI Team|
|-1lap||Gabor Bogar (Hun) Euroone-Cube MTB UCI Team|
|-1lap||Alexey Belokrylov (Rus) Forward-Udmurtia|
|-1lap||Tal Koler (Isr) TeaMisgav|
|-1lap||Noam Strashnov (Isr) For Galilee Cycle|
|-1lap||Ron Shimaon (Isr) ECO Team|
|-1lap||Benjamin Shemidt (Isr) TACC|
|DNF||Andras Parti (Hun) Euroone-Cube MTB UCI Team|
|DNF||Ben Roff (GBr) Orange Monkey - Cannondale|
|DNF||Anton Michaelov (Isr) TACC|
|DNS||George Fattas (Cyp) Cyprus|
|DNS||Andras Szatmary (Hun) Euroone-Cube MTB UCI Team|
|DNS||Nikolay Zaitsev (Kaz) Kazakhstan|
|DNS||Artium Golovachshenko (Kaz) Kazakhstan|
|DNS||Yoav Tal (Isr) Emek Haosher|
|DNS||Ori Crulovich (Isr)|
|#||Rider Name (Country) Team||Result|
|1||Barbara Benko (Hun) Euroone-Cube MTB UCI Team||1:47:15|
|2||Inbar Ronen (Isr) CCC||0:00:43|
|3||Kristien Nelen (Bel) Scott - Goeman UCI Team||0:07:29|
|4||Noga Korem (Isr) TeaMisgav||0:08:57|
|5||Paz Bash (Isr) TACC||0:11:57|
|6||Anna Konovalova (Rus) Forward-Udmurtia||0:16:47|
|-1lap||Idit Shub (Isr) CCC|
|-1lap||Gili Tamir (Isr) CCC|
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