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World Cup Marathon XC #2

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 Süss (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 Süss (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

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