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Van Houts wins seaside Kermesse

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A Scott Swisspower rider takes a turn so fast he is a blur.

A Scott Swisspower rider takes a turn so fast he is a blur. (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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The sea provided a breathtaking background for the mountain bike Kermesse.

The sea provided a breathtaking background for the mountain bike Kermesse. (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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A Multivan Merida rider is sandwiched between two Scott Swisspower teammates.

A Multivan Merida rider is sandwiched between two Scott Swisspower teammates. (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Racers competed in heats of four in the streets of Porto Santo Stefano.

Racers competed in heats of four in the streets of Porto Santo Stefano. (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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Italian National Champion Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Team) leads the charge.

Italian National Champion Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Team) leads the charge. (Image credit: Maremma Cup)
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The podium: Andreas Kugler (Multivan Merida) in third, Rudi Van Houts (Multivan Merida) in first, Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Team) in second

The podium: Andreas Kugler (Multivan Merida) in third, Rudi Van Houts (Multivan Merida) in first, Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Team) in second (Image credit: Maremma Cup)

Sun, sea and the spirit of competition characterized the third day of the Maremma Cup in Porto Santo Stefano on Tuesday. Multivan Merida's Rudi Van Houts took home victory in the Kermesse event.

The community of Monte Argentario, an unusual setting for a mountain bike race, hosted the action as the race took place on the waterfront in Porto Santo Stefano on a short but grueling route, with some sharp curves. The crowd watched riders jostle for position, elbows wide.

The sea proved to be the perfect backdrop for the Kermesse. The Italian Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Team) won the first round, but in the finale, two Merida Team riders worked together to net a win for Van Houts.

Fontana, always very aggressive and motivated, managed, after a chase from Van Houts and Massa Marittima Kermesse winner Andreas Kugler, to overtake the latter, but Van Houts held on for the win. Fourth place went to Swiss Patrik Gallati (Scott Swisspower).

In the small final for fifth place, Michele Casagrande faced off against Marcel Wildhaber (Scott Swisspower), Tim Wynants (Trek Brentjens) and 1996 Olympic champion Bart Brentjens (Trek Brentjens).

Another Kermesse will be run Thursday in the city of Grosseto. Saturday sees a final Kermesse at Massa Marittima, and on Sunday, the Maremma Cup will wrap up with a cross country race that also serves as the first race of the racing Internazionali d'Italia series. That's when two additional Olympic Champions, Miguel Martinez and Julien Absalon, are expected to race, too.

Results

#Rider Name (Country) Team
1Rudi Van Houts (Multivan Merida)
2Marco Aurelio Fontana (Cannondale Factory Team)
3Andreas Kugler (Multivan Merida)
4Patrick Gallati (Scott Swisspower)
5Michele Casagrande (Elettroveneta Corratec)
6Marcel Wildhaber(Scott Swisspower)
7Tim Wynants (Trek Brentjens)
8Bart Brentjens (Trek Brentjens)

Maremma Cup Classification after three events
#Rider Name (Country) TeamResult
1Nino Schurter10pts
2Marco Aurelio Fontana9
3Andreas Kugler7
4Rudi Van Houts5
5Ralph Naef 44
6Moritz Milatz3
7Lukas Kaufmann2
8Tony Longo2
9Florian Vogel1
9Hannes Genze1
9Patrick Gallati1

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