Ukrainian and Russian winners of UCI Class 2 international cross country, Tanja Žakelj in second and Rok Naglič in fifth as top Slovenians.
Ukrainian Yana Belomoina (CST Superior Brentjens) and Russian Anton Sintsov (JBG-2) are winners of SloXcup round seven at Rogla resort, an international UCI Class 2 cross-country race.
In women’s elite race Belomoina pulled away from Slovenian Tanja Žakelj (Unior Tools Team) in second lap of the 6 lap race. She defended and slightly increased her lead till the finish line. Another Slovenian Tina Perše (Calcit bike team) finished third.
In men’s elite race which was a lap longer (7 laps on the 4 km course) there was a group of four setting the pace in the first half of the race. The main favourite, Austrian Alexander Gehbauer (Fitstore24), attached in fourth lap. He kept building his lead until the last lap when he punctured his rear tire. He lost about a minute and a half so his closest chaser Sintsov made the best of it and won by 42 seconds.
Hungarian champion Andras Parti (Waberer’s EvoPro) was in third for a better part of the race and kept it to the finish line. Another Austrian Felix Ritzinger (Bikestore.cc) finished in fourth and the top Slovenian Rok Naglič (Calcit) in fifth.
Ukrainian Pavlo Lukan won the junior men’s race.
The best are on their way to the UCI XC World Championships in Nove Mesto, Czech Republic. Next SloXcup race follows on July 24th in Leše, Prevalje.
All photos by Grega Stopar