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Lechner and Fontana win first Maremma Cup

By:
Sue George, Mountain Bike Editor
Published:
March 05, 2009, 0:00 GMT,
Updated:
April 22, 2009, 18:10 BST
Edition:
MTB news & racing round-up for March 5, 2009
Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) on his way to a win

Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Racing) on his way to a win

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The first-ever Maremma Cup in Massa Marittima in Tuscany, Italy, saw two azzurri , Eva Lechner...

The first-ever Maremma Cup in Massa Marittima in Tuscany, Italy, saw two azzurri, Eva Lechner (Colnago Arreghini Esercito) and Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannodale Factory Racing) win in the rain on Sunday.

In the men's race, Fontana executed a perfect race, with a fast start that saw him break away early from the lead group. Throughout the race, he continually increased his advantage. Behind him, Belgian Roel Paulissen (Cannodale Factory Racing) took second while German Moritz Milatz (Multivan Merida Biking Team) finished third.

In the women's race, Lechner put in a strong performance. She defeated two Swiss athletes, Marielle Saner Guinchard (Team Bikerpark) and Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago Cap Arreghini).

The rain made for challenging conditions for the 440 racers, many of whom will return for one more round next weekend.

See Cyclingnews' full coverage of the Maremma Cup.

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