Ilnur Zakarin wins Olympic Mountain Cyprus Gran Fondo
Russian Professional (CCC Team) beat Cypriot National Champion Andreas Miltiadis in 2,000m uphill mountain race
2 times Russian National ITT Champion, 2 times Giro d'Italia stage winner and Tour de France stage winner Ilnur Zakarin travelled to Cyprus with his family to take on the 0-2000, the hardest and most challenging Road Cycling race in Cyprus
The route chosen is the shortest and steepest, most scenic and toughest route to the top, racing 39.6 miles from sea level up 7,125 feet to the top of Olympus Peak, at almost 2,000m above sea level.
Zakarin set a time 1h 35m 7s beating Cypriot National Champion Andreas Miltiadis(ELITE Cycling) by 1m 15s, with third place rider Alexandros Agrotis (Cr4c Roanne) 12m 4s behind in a landmark victory.
Zakarin said afterwards "It's my first experience with local races in Cyprus and today's 0-2000 mountain race was just beautiful. Excellent organisation, a lot of marshals and security people, water and bananas everywhere, fans and great weather. I really enjoyed it. Huge respect to Andreas Miltiadis, Cypriot National Champion, it was quite a race, thanks for the battle. And moreover it was the first real race for my kids as spectators"
He continued, "I'd like to thank Activate Cyprus for organizing the race! It was a pleasure to be a part of the event. Beautiful race and great day with family and friends."