Van Houts wins seaside Kermesse

Fontana takes second after taking on two Multivan Merida teammates

Sun, sea and the spirit of competition characterized the third day of the Maremma Cup in Porto Santo Stefano on Tuesday. Multivan Merida's Rudi Van Houts took home victory in the Kermesse event.

The community of Monte Argentario, an unusual setting for a mountain bike race, hosted the action as the race took place on the waterfront in Porto Santo Stefano on a short but grueling route, with some sharp curves. The crowd watched riders jostle for position, elbows wide.

The sea proved to be the perfect backdrop for the Kermesse. The Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Team) won the first round, but in the finale, two Merida Team riders worked together to net a win for Van Houts.

Fontana, always very aggressive and motivated, managed, after a chase from Van Houts and Massa Marittima Kermesse winner Andreas Kugler, to overtake the latter, but Van Houts held on for the win. Fourth place went to Swiss Patrik Gallati (Scott Swisspower).

In the small final for fifth place, Michele Casagrande faced off against Marcel Wildhaber (Scott Swisspower), Tim Wynants (Trek Brentjens) and 1996 Olympic champion Bart Brentjens (Trek Brentjens).

Another Kermesse will be run Thursday in the city of Grosseto. Saturday sees a final Kermesse at Massa Marittima, and on Sunday, the Maremma Cup will wrap up with a cross country race that also serves as the first race of the racing Internazionali d'Italia series. That's when two additional Olympic Champions, Miguel Martinez and Julien Absalon, are expected to race, too.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Rudi Van Houts (Multivan Merida)  
2Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Team)  
3Andreas Kugler (Multivan Merida)  
4Patrick Gallati (Scott Swisspower)  
5Michele Casagrande (Elettroveneta Corratec)  
6Marcel Wildhaber(Scott Swisspower)  
7Tim Wynants (Trek Brentjens)  
8Bart Brentjens (Trek Brentjens)  
Maremma Cup Classification after three events
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter10 pts
2Marco Aurelio Fontana9 
3Andreas Kugler7 
4Rudi Van Houts5 
5Ralph Naef 44 
6Moritz Milatz3 
7Lukas Kaufmann2 
8Tony Longo2 
9Florian Vogel1 
9Hannes Genze1 
9Patrick Gallati1 
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