Three members of the Agones SFC team travelled to the UCI Amateur World Cycling tour qualifier, a stage race held in Rhodes on the 22, 23rd and 24th of April 2016. The three day race was composed of a 20km Time Trial, with cyclists set off at 1 minute intervals, and two hilly road races, one of 95 and the other of 113km respectively.
The Team was composed of Marion Pullicino, Steve Sciberras and Gerard Said.
Pullicino competed in the Ladies 19-34 Category, maintaining a strong pace in the first time trial, which was enough for her to win the race.
She then had another strong showing in the hilly road race on the second day, climbing strongly to maintain her lead.
On the final stage, she also won her category , even beating a new batch of competitors who showed up only to race on the final day!
Pullicino also clinched second in the overall ladies GC over all the races, showing her consistency over a multiple day race.
Sciberras obtained a creditable 6th placing in the ITT out of 19 competitors in the 19-34 Category, and also showed his mettle in the final stage, with a strong 7th place in a competitive field.
Said was 4th in the 35-39 category out eighteen competitors, following a strong showing by several Maltese riders in the TT. He was also 4th in the second road race but unfortunately slipped to 10th on the final stage and 7th overall in category due to a n untimely mechanical.
With these results, all athletes secured the opportunity to compete in the UCI Amateur World Cycling Tour final to be held in Perth, Australia later on this summer. They also augur well for further local competitions such as the upcoming road and TT national championships.
When interviewed club president Warren Muscat congratulated the club riders and also the club committee who work hard behind the scenes to make achievements like those come true. He also thanked the club sponsors who back up cycling team and club and have full trust in the management.
Photo : Marion Pullicino (middle) on Podium