Amathous, Cyprus – Felt Oetztal X-Bionic once again showed its strength at the Cyprus Sunshine Cup, with Karl Markt and Blaza Klemencic securing the overall series win on a pair of strong performances. The two have produced fantastic results over the three week competition, and appear to be in good form heading into World Cup season.
In the Men’s race, Markt had essentially wrapped up the Orange Jersey with his wins over the past two weekends. He was looking to stay with the front riders as much as possible to honor the Orange Jersey, but was not required to cover any moves. U23 rider and X-Bionic teammate Thomas Litscher was looking for the win, and went on the attack at the first lap. Quickly, he and another rider were clear of the field in what looked to be the move of the day. Unfortunately for the young Swiss, a flat tire doomed his chance for victory. He finished in eighth spot. Markt finished his Sunshine Cup campaign well, taking third on the day.
In the Women’s race, Klemencic’s consistency proved to be the key to the series win, as her fourth place on Sunday secured her overall series win. The Slovenian national champion also began the day in the Orange Jersey, and just missed out on a podium. Klemencic elaborated after the race, “I didn't have the legs for the podium today. After three weeks on Cyprus I'm very happy to get the overall win. That's a pretty good start to the season."
Each of the Felt Oetztal X-Bionic riders rode the Felt Edict LTD
at the Cyprus Sunshine Cup.