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Presslauer takes his ninth

Peter Presslauer won his ninth Austrian national cyclo-cross championship on Sunday in Vienna, finishing nearly a minute and a half ahead of his nearest competitor.

Presslauer had no problem on the frozen course at minus 8 degrees celsius. Only Harald Starzengruber was able to stay with him in the early part of the race. About halfway through, Presslauer took advantage of a technical mistake by his rival to attack successfully.

"I knew that as defending champion I would have to shape the race myself," the 30-year-old winner said. "That's why I rode a very direct line and waited until Starzengruber slipped. Then I could get away and continue to build my lead up to the end."

Starzengruber ended up third, behind Hannes Metzler.(SW)

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