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Fontana sprints to eliminator win

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The men get their awards

The men get their awards
(Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Two riders give it their all in the sprint rounds.

Two riders give it their all in the sprint rounds.
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Women's sprint podium

Women's sprint podium
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Alexandra Engen wins the women's sprint.

Alexandra Engen wins the women's sprint.
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Marco Fontana en route to a win

Marco Fontana en route to a win
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Marco Fontana dashes to the finish

Marco Fontana dashes to the finish
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Marco Fontana wins the men's sprint eliminator

Marco Fontana wins the men's sprint eliminator
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Marco Fontana in second gets ready to make a pass

Marco Fontana in second gets ready to make a pass
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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A rider in the sprint

A rider in the sprint
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Julian Schelb

Julian Schelb
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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The start of the men's sprint final

The start of the men's sprint final
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)
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Alexandra Engen leads Elisabeth Sveum

Alexandra Engen leads Elisabeth Sveum
(Image credit: Philipp von Ditfurth)
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Alexandra Engen on her way to a win

Alexandra Engen on her way to a win
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Alexandra Engen signs autographs

Alexandra Engen signs autographs
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Women's sprint podium: Stirnemann, Engen and Sveum

Women's sprint podium: Stirnemann, Engen and Sveum
(Image credit: Armin Küstenbrück)
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Alexandra Engen leads.

Alexandra Engen leads.
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The riders are off.

The riders are off.
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Ralf Naef (Multivan Merida)

Ralf Naef (Multivan Merida)
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The men are off.

The men are off.
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The start of the men's final, from the back

The start of the men's final, from the back
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Time trials were used to determine seating.

Time trials were used to determine seating.
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Marco Fontana sprints toward victory

Marco Fontana sprints toward victory
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Men's sprint podium: Jochen Kass, Matthias Pfrommer , Marco Fontana Julian Schelb, Manuel Fumic

Men's sprint podium: Jochen Kass, Matthias Pfrommer , Marco Fontana Julian Schelb, Manuel Fumic
(Image credit: Philipp von Ditfurth)
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Women's sprint podium: Elisabeth Sveum, Alexandra Engen and Kathrin Stirnemann

Women's sprint podium: Elisabeth Sveum, Alexandra Engen and Kathrin Stirnemann
(Image credit: Philipp von Ditfurth)
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The start of the women's final

The start of the women's final
(Image credit: Marius Maasewerd)

Saturday's Centurion sprint race victories went to Marco Fontana and to Alexandra Engen.

22 women and 84 men went took on the qualifying time trial. The eliminator included six riders per heat. The top two advanced into the next rounds.

Close decisions and bold passing maneuvers delighted spectators. Some young guns were able to compete with world class riders, showing their capacity in a short and fast competition.

Fontana defeated Matthias Pfrommer and 18-year-old Julian Schelb, while Engen left Elisabeth Sveum and Kathrin Stirnemann behind in the women's race.

Brief Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Marco Aurelio Fontana (Ita) Cannondale Factory Racing
2Matthias Pfrommer (Ger)
3Julian Schelb (Ger)

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Alexandra Engen (Swe)
2Elisabeth Sveum (Nor) Team Merida Smart Safety
3Kathrin Stirnemann (Swi) Central Haibike Pro Cycling

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