||Last Updated: 2 Apr 2018 - 8:45:17 PM
Irishman Ryan Sherlock placed 43rd in today’s opening round of the Cyprus Sunshine Cup in Voroklini, finishing a lap behind the winner Jan Skarnitzl (Giant Team – Czech).
Skarnitzl beat his team-mate Jiri Fruedl (Giant Team – Czech) by 21 seconds, with the Belgian Roel Paulissen netting third.
Sherlock said afterwards that it was a difficult event. “It was a really hard race with a world-class field, and very hot too. I blew my lights!”
His German girlfriend Mel Spath took a fine fourth place in the women’s event. “Mel had probably her best race ever,” he said. “She was fourth, six minutes back, but beat the vice-U23 World Champ by two minutes, and the UK champ by four.”
Danish rider Annika Langvad finished first in that, putting two minutes into Janka Stevkova (Slovakia).
Cyprus Sunshine Cup round 1, Voroklini
1, Jan Skarnitzl (Giant Team – Czech) 2 hours 14 mins 5 secs
2, Jiri Fruedl (Giant Team – Czech) at 21 secs
3, Roel Paulissen (Belgian national team) at 38 secs
4, Christoph Soukup (Merida Racing) at 1 min 9 secs
5, Frank Schotman (Netherlands) at 1 min 37 secs
43, Ryan Sherlock, at 1 lap
1, Annika Langvad (Denmark) 1 hour 58 mins 24 secs
2, Janka Stevkova (Slovakia) at 2 mins
3, Ekaterina Anoshina (Russia) at 3 mins 2 secs
4, Melanie Spath (Germany) at 6 mins 15 secs