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Kugler sprints to Maremma Cup opener win

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Nathalie Schneitter celebrates her win.

Nathalie Schneitter celebrates her win. (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Nathalie Schneitter and Marielle Saner Guinchard

Nathalie Schneitter and Marielle Saner Guinchard (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Men's podium: Lukas Kaufmann, Andreas Kugler, Moritz Milatz

Men's podium: Lukas Kaufmann, Andreas Kugler, Moritz Milatz (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Women's podium: Marielle Saner Guinchard, Nathalie Schneitter, Virginie Pointet

Women's podium: Marielle Saner Guinchard, Nathalie Schneitter, Virginie Pointet (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Andreas Kugler (Merida) on the way to a win

Andreas Kugler (Merida) on the way to a win (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Andreas Kugler

Andreas Kugler (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Lukas Kaufmann, Martino Fruet and Andreas Kugler

Lukas Kaufmann, Martino Fruet and Andreas Kugler (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Rudi Van Houts, Martino Fruet, and Elia Silvestri

Rudi Van Houts, Martino Fruet, and Elia Silvestri (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Start of the men's final

Start of the men's final (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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The women's finale

The women's finale (Image credit: Maremma Cup)

Massa Marittima hosted an afternoon kermesse to open the Maremma Cup.  Andreas Kugler and Nathalie Schneitter emerged victorious in the men's and women's contests on the streets of the old town.

Several top riders were eliminated in the quarterfinals including World Champion Nino Schurter, Florian Vogel, Marco Aurelio Fontana, last year's winner Ralf Naf and former Olympic champion Bart Brentjes.

In the end, Andreas Kugler (Merida) won over teammate Moritz Milatz and Lukas Kaufmann (Trek).

Favorite Eva Lechner suffered a flat in the women's competition and missed the final. Nathalie Schneitter (Colnago) helped make it an all-Swiss affair with a win. Bikepark teammates Marielle Saner and Virginie Pointet rounded out the top three.

The cross country race will happen tomorrow on a 5km route around Massa Marittima.

Results

Elite men
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Andreas Kugler (Swi) Merida
2Moritz Milatz (Ger) Merida
3Lukas Kaufmann (Swi) Trek
4Hannes Genze (Ger) Merida
5Patrick Gallati (Swi) Scott
6Martino Fruet (Ita) Carraro
7Rudi van Houts (Ned) Merida
8Elia Silvestri (Ita) Corratec

Elite women
#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Nathalie Schneitter (Swi) Colnago
2Marielle Saner (Swi) Bikepark
3Virginie Pointet (Swi) Bikepark
4Evelyn Staffler (Ita) Carraro

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