On Tuesdsay, the UCI confirmed the results of the Commissaires' Panel at the UCI Mountain Bike Marathon World Championships in Villabassa, Italy. The panel had relegated Christoph Sauser (Switzerland) to second place, despite the fact that he crossed the finish line in first position, thus awarding the victory to the Belgian rider Roel Paulissen. According to the panel, Christoph Sauser had sprinted in an unauthorized manner.
Sauser's team, Specialized Factory Racing, and his National Federation had appealed the decision to the UCI.
With the decision, Paulissen keeps his title as 2008 Mountain Bike Marathon World Champion. The Swiss riders Sauser and Urs Hubert are officially second and third respectively.
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