A portion of the Maremma Cup was a kermesse for mountain bikers but this was canceled due to uncooperative weather. Rains made the race quite dangerous for the cyclists. Francesco Cerdini, Maremma Cup President, pointed out the risks of pushing through with the kermesse and opted to cancel it instead.
Cerdini’s decision was with the consent and advice of the Italian Cycling Federation and representatives of the athletes. Grosetto’s cobbled streets became a slippery road after the rains and could well lead to accidents for the competing cyclists.
The Maremma Cup has four kermesses and two cross country races. The Grosetto race was the third in the series. The first two kremesses were won by Rudi van Houts and Andreas Kugler. The first cross country race was won by Nino Schurter. Before the Internazionali d’Italia cross country series begins, the last kermesse at Massa Marittima will take place.
The cross country race will be on Sunday and there will be cyclists from 15 countries who will take part of this event. Some of them are Miguel Martinez, Julien Absalon, Rubén Iñaki Lejarreta Ruzafa, Bart Brentjens and Paolo Pezzo. Other famous riders joining them are Nino Schurter, Jose Antonio Hermida and Hector Paez.