Dahle-Flesjaa wins first race back after having a baby

World Marathon Champion Roel Paulissen won the Gunn-Rita Marathon, which doubled as the Italian National Marathon Championships in Montebelluno. In her first race back after having a baby, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa won the women's competition.

The men's race featured 16 climbs. "It was a challenge to race 116km. It's different racing marathons as proper organization is important. The last 30km were especially not easy in heavy, wet clay soil, however I won by nine minutes," said a happy Paulissen.

"This gives me extra confidence going into the European Championships in two weeks in the Netherlands."

Paulissen defeated Leonardo Paez (TX Active-Bianchi), who was second. Paez was slowed by a mechanical at 28km, which forced him to have to repair his chain at 30km. But he made a determined comeback to finish ahead of Italian Mirko Celestino, who became national marathon champion.

Paez will head home to Colombia for a period of training before he returns for the World Marathon Championhips.

Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå returned to racing to win the race named after her.

"When I arrived at the finish, I did not realize I had won right away, as I thought that the strong Italian riders were all ahead of me. I'm still completely surprised as I did not exopect such a result," said the Norwegian. On the demanding course, she profitted from her experience to properly pace herself.

Dahle Flesjaa is unsure of what she will race next. "First I have to see how I recover from this effort, and then I'll continue with my build-up. Within a few days, I should be able to judge which races are a realistic option and make sense."

Eva Lechner finished second at 1:21, and Roberta Gasparini was third, with the same time.


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Elite men
1Roel Paulissen4:24:18
2Hector Leonardo Paez Leon0:09:30
3Mirko Celestino0:09:38
4Mike Felderer0:09:40
5Mirko Pirazzoli0:11:28
6Massimo De Bertolis0:14:24
7Gilberto Simoni0:14:58
8Marzio Deho0:15:48
9Enrico Franzoi0:19:00
10Julio Humberto Caro Silva0:19:02
11Johann PallhuberRow 10 - Cell 2
12Iván Gutiérrez0:20:45
13Juri Ragnoli0:23:21
14Michele Casagrande0:26:02
15Paolo Cesar Montoya Cantillo0:27:02
16Johnny Cattaneo0:28:49
17Pierluigi Bettelli0:29:08
18Paolo Alberati0:30:42
19Flavio Creuso0:34:07
20Massimiliano Milan0:36:17
21Johannes Schweiggl0:36:22
22Nicola Dalto0:36:32
23Simone Diviggiano0:38:09
24Luca Ronchi0:44:04
25Alexey Medvedev0:44:13
26Ramon Bianchi0:46:16
27Daniele Mensi0:46:58
28Ivan Degasperi0:47:20
29Federico Fuser0:50:08
30Alberto Olla0:52:04
31Federico Rizza0:56:22
32Simone Colombo0:56:37
33Marco Santinello1:01:52
34Marco Trentin1:04:29
35Diego Beltramo1:06:31
36Manuele Spadi1:10:19
37Alessandro Garziera1:12:14
38Marco Bastianel1:28:44
39Alessio Bisio1:28:49
40Daniel Pozzecco1:35:38
41Davide Finetto1:40:38
42Davide Cecchin1:55:35
43Nevio Cornaro2:02:24
44Matteo Garbin3:16:57
45Mirko Tessaro3:48:26
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Elite women
1Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjaa3:47:30
2Eva Lechner0:01:21
3Roberta GaspariniRow 2 - Cell 2
4Elena Gaddoni0:03:33
5Elena Giacomuzzi0:08:45
6Alessia Ghezzo0:13:58
7Michela Benzoni0:21:58
8Sandra Klomp0:27:49
9Daniela Campuzano0:39:11
10Francesca Lonardelli0:39:38
11Nadia Tosi0:59:00
12Ilenia Lazzaro1:12:28


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