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Favorites consider return to Crocodile Trophy

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Race leader Urs Huber.

Race leader Urs Huber. (Image credit: John Flynn / Crocodile Trophy)
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Bart Brentjens fixes his eyes on Huber, the man in front

Bart Brentjens fixes his eyes on Huber, the man in front (Image credit: John Flynn)

The two top finishers from the Crocodile Trophy, which ended on Thursday in Cape Tribulation, Australia, were relieved to be done with their 10-day race. Urs Huber (Team Stöckli-Craft) won the race after almost 34 total hours of racing. He was 1:20 ahead of Bart Brentjens (Trek Brentjens MTB Racing Team).

"To arrive at the finish here at beautiful Cape Tribulation is great," the Swiss Huber said to organizers after the final stage. "It was a great place where the race was. The first stage was the best."

"It was a beautiful race - the long stages and the heat made it very tough," said runner-up Brentjens, who is a former Olympic and World champion. He won six stages and said he was satisfied with his race. "It was a good adventure. I have been riding what I could, but it wasn't enough to leave Huber behind me, he is the real winner."

"It's always a sad feeling - actually, you've been riding your bike for 10 days, then all of a sudden it's all over," Brentjens said before promising, "next year I will come back."

Huber wasn't so sure about his plans though he was all smiles on the final day, a celebratory stage won by Australia's Chris Neal, the last place finisher in the general classification.

Huber is eager to return to the event and while next year his focus will be on winning a World Marathon Championship, he thinks a return to the Crocodile Trophy at some point in the future is likely.

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