World champion Kulhavy returns in Cyprus Sunshine Cup
Four weeks to go, most important registration has arrived the office of Cyprus Sunshine Cup 2012. World champion Jaroslav Kulhavy (Cze) confirmed his appearance in the series on the sunny island. Thomas Litscher (Sui), Annika Langvad (Den) Irina Kalentieva (Rus) will add some more rainbow stripes to this years CSC. Title defenders Karl Markt (Aut) and Blaza Klemencic (Slo) have also confirmed.
Never change a winning system. Probably that’s the reason why Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Factory Racing) will repeat his preparation pattern. Since five years, he showed up at the Cyprus Sunshine Cup. “The races give us the chance to test the shape and the bike”, he said one year before in an interview, followed by a season which was extremely successful for Jaroslav Kulhavy. He earned the world champions title as well as the European title. And he grabbed also the world cup overall.
No wonder why he decided to repeat his preparation on Cyprus and to start the Olympic season on the mediteranean island.
Litscher plus the title defenders Markt and Klemencic
One could say the same for Thomas Litscher (Felt Oetztal X-Bionic). After preparing on Cyprus, he pushed himself into the top ten of the world and he took the u23 world champions title in his home country Switzerland.
Despite playing his own chances down, he is not too far from a ticket to London in the immense strong Swiss pool of riders.
Litscher comes with his whole Felt Oetztal X-Bionic team. Surprising CSC overall winner Karl Markt is with him as well as Slovenian Blaza Klemencic, who was women overall winner in 2011, and Adelheid Morath (Ger). They are all going into the season with the realistic goal to be part of the Olympics.
Irina Kalentieva with the whole team
For Irina Kalentieva (Topeak-Ergon) it should be now question to do so for a third time. The two times world champion (2007 and 2009) chooses Cyprus for the fine tuning in front of the world cup opener in Pietermaritzburg (RSA). She stays on Cyprus together with the whole team. Germanys vice champion Wolfram Kurschat is with her as well as the marathon world champion of 2010, Alban Lakata (Aut) and TransZollernalb winner Robert Mennen.
Annika Langvad and Alexandra Engen to go for the points
Last but not least, with Annika Langvad (Den) another reigning world champion appears again on the sunny island. Marathon world champion Langvad, riding for Fuji-Bikes Rockets has pick up points for the Olympic qualification spot of Denmark and in the same time for herself. Especially at Afxentia stage race, which is registered in the HC category, she could collect up a lot of important points. Last year, Langvad showed up on Cyprus in a extraordinary good shape.
In this case, she is in a competition with Alexandra Engen (Ghost Factory Racing). The Swedish girl was 12th at world championships in 2011 and she has the same situation as Langvad. She has to get points to have the spot at the Olympics for Sweden and in the same time for herself.
Bresset cancelled her registration
Meanwhile world cup overall winner Julie Bresset unfortunately has cancelled her expected first visit on Cyprus. After having been registered by her team manager Pierre Lebreton, she decided to stay at home in this period. Lebreton gave a “sorry” to the organizer for that case but confirmed the participation of the other BH SR Suntour top rider Maxime Marotte.
“It’s a pity. We would appreciate to have Julie here on Cyprus for the first time. But I understand, in front of an Olympic season, athletes are very careful with new experiences. Despite of her cancellation, we are proud to have a lot of pretty good riders on the list. Alone there are three reigning world champions”, organizer Mike Hadjioannou said.
And he continued pointing on a special situation in 2012:
“It is important for us that we keep this high level of competition despite the financial problems that we face at the moment due to the international crisis. Recently our main sponsors have reduced their sponsorship towards Sunshine Cup. This will not affect the quality of the races and we will strive to get the best results out of it.”