Forster holds onto the Leader’s Jersey as the Cyprus Sunshine Cup goes into the final stage24. February 2018, Cyprus — MTB Team
On the race’s longest stage at 61km, Forster’s impressive ride wasn’t quite enough for the stage win, seeing that go to 2012 Olympic champion Jaroslav Kulhavy in a sprint, but the Swiss rider’s efforts secured the Leader’s Jersey going into tomorrow’s XCO stage.
“Today’s stage was tip-top,” said Forster immediately after donning the distinctive yellow jersey once more. “The course was great, with a singletrack climb and descent and just some shorts bits of road and fire road to end the stage. My legs felt good and I’m happy with second place again. Unfortunately I didn’t get the win in the sprint as it was a narrow finish, but hopefully [it will go] better tomorrow.”
Teammate Reto Indergand represented the team with a stellar ride to finish sixth on the stage, despite losing crucial time due to unfortunate positioning amongst less technically skilled riders on the singletrack descent, which came after a gruelling 15 km climb. Today’s ride sees him move up to eighth overall going into the final stage.
“I’m going to make sure I get a good start and be up at the front,” was the response from Forster when asked how he’ll approach tomorrow’s 5.9km lapped course. “I’ll see how the race plays out and aim to be up there.” With each lap climbing around 200 metres, it’s the sort of course that the XCO riders are used to, so they’re all heading into the final stage with high aspirations. Forster will start with an overall lead of 42 seconds and 44 seconds respectively ahead of American rider Grotts and Czech Kulhavy.
- Jaroslav Kulhavy (Specialized Racing XC) 2:27:41.438
- Lars Foster (BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team) +0:00:01.039
- Howard Grotts (Specialized Racing) +0:00:02.393
6. Reto Indergard (BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team) +0:01:25.554
22. Carod Titouan (BMC Mountain Bike Racing Team) +0:06:47.258
26. Filippo Colombo (Swiss National Team) +0:09:12.258
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