Season kickoff Cyprus

The 2016 season kicked off in Cyprus with the Sunshine-MTB-Stagerace last weekend. With the the Olympics coming up that year, the startingfield was not only big but also worldclass.
I had a little tough start into my first race, crashing already in the second corner of the prologue through the beautiful streets of Lefkara. But didn`t lost too much time and so I was happy with a good performance on the second stage. But after reaching the highest point of the 48km long route I got a flat and this time I lost valueable time. With that in mind I started stage three trying to hang onto the frontgroup. Unfortunately I gave a bit too much on the first kilometers and paid for that in the long about 1:20h long climb.
So I leard for the closing XC-Stage and right after the start I rode my own rhythm. Which was a pretty good one and after one lap I overtook rider by rider and ended up on a pleased 18th place and moved up in 26th in the overall. After the flat that’s ok and so I also got some good UCI points.

Swiss rider Fabian Giger won the stagerace ahead of Marotte and Fontana.