Paez gearing up for Gimondi Bike

TX Active-Bianchi sending nine riders

Colombian Leonardo Paez will lead the TX Active-Bianchi team at the eighth edition of the Gimondi Bike marathon in Iseo, Italy, on Sunday, September 27. Paez will be looking to continue his streak of four consecutive marathon wins since finishing 10th at the marathon World Championships in mid-August. The race is dedicated to Felice Gimondi, a former Tour de France (1965), Giro d'Italia (1967, 1969, 1976) and Vuelta a España (1968) winner.

For the 38km race, Paez will be joined by teammates like Julio Caro, Andrea Tiberi, Cristian Cominelli, who is about to switch over to cyclo-cross racing for October. Stephane Tempier will sit out due to the flu. Beginners Federico Barri and Cristian Boffelli, young junior Edoardo Togni and juniors Cesare Fognini and Federico Galli will also race for the team.

Paez will face some stiff competition from other teams, including the junior men's cross country world champion Gerhard Kerschbaumer, Italian marathon champion Mirko Celestino and last year's podium finishers Marzio Deho, Ramon Bianchi and Alexey Medvedev. Robert and Alexander Gehbauer from Austria will also be on hand.

In the women's race, Eva Lechner is the favorite, but she will compete against Daniela Bresciani, Elena Gaddoni and Sandra Klomp.

In total, 1,500 cyclists are expected to attend.

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