A couple of renowned winter sport stars took part in the Ötztaler this year;example Andreas Goldberger, Christoph Sumann, Frank Wörndle and Mario Stecher. For Goldberger and Sumann it was the first Ötztaler and like the whole field they were faced with 30 degree temperatures. For the first time, this year's Ötztaler was available as live stream with live pictures from the marathon track and the finish area.
From the start there was a small group of leaders with Italy's Paolo di Leonardo reaching Kühtai first after 1:31,49 hours. The fastest woman at this point was Laila Orenos from Switzerland (Kühtai: 1:42,24) and both were still out in front when they passed Innsbruck. On the famous Brenner pass 5 male cyclists arrived almost at the same time and Paolo di Leonardo, Werner Weiss and Christian Barchi (all from ITA) set the pace despite strong headwinds between Innsbruck and the Brenner pass. Christian Barchiled to the Jaufen pass but appeared to underestimate the ascent to Timmelsjoch and lost steam on the last U-turns up to the pass. This opened the door for Italians Enrico Zen and Stefano Cecchini to overtake him on Timmelsjoch. The result was that Zen won the 35th Ötztaler Cycle Marathon in only 7:02:05 hours – closely followed by Cecchini and Christian Barchi.
Right from the start, it was a dreamlike day for the Switzerland's Laila Orenos. She set the pace all day long, didn't show any weakness and passed the finish line in Sölden in a new women's record time of 7:46:50 hours. Austria has won the 2nd and 3rd place in the Marathon: Nadja Prieling from Tirol finished second, Daniela Pintarelli from Tirol came third – both in just over 8 hours.
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