May 1, 2005 (Riva del Garda, Italy) – Paola Pezzo (ITA) and Bart Brentjens (NED, Giant) won round two of the UCI World Cup Marathon in the women’s and men’s categories, respectively. The two powered through the 80-kilometre course and up 2900 vertical metres to take the top podium spots.
Esther SÃ¼ss (SUI) of Switzerland finished second, just over two minutes behind Pezzo, followed by Italy’s Claudia Marilio (ITA), who was right on her tail. Canada’s Alison Sydor (CAN, Rocky Mountain-Business Objects) was fifth.
In the men’s race, Leonardo Paez (COL) of Colombia was beat out by a mere two seconds, after leading for most of the race. Frederik Kessiakoff (SWE, Siemens Mobile-Cannondale), who placed sixth in last weekend’s World Cup XC in Belgium, was third.
Riders battled strong winds throughout the race.
1. Paola Pezzo (ITA) 4:13:07
2. Esther SÃ¼ss (SUI) 4:15:14
3. Claudia Marsilio (ITA) 4:15:27
5. Alison Sydor (Rocky Mountain-Business Objects)
1. Bart Brentjens (NED, Giant) 3:26:13
2. Leonardo Paez (COL) 3:26:15
3. Fredrik Kessiakoff (SWE, Siemens Mobile-Cannondale) 3:28:11