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Batelier, Bucher Win At XTERRA Italy Championship In The Cedrino Valley

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Franky Batelier is a military officer from France. Photo provided by XTERRA.
Franky Batelier is a military officer from France. Photo provided by XTERRA.

Franky Batelier, a 31-year-old military officer from Normandy, France, passed reigning XTERRA world champ Ruben Ruzafa from Spain on the run to win the first XTERRA European Tour race of the season in the Cedrino Valley of Italy on Sunday. In the women’s race, three-time XTERRA European tour champ Renata Bucher edged fellow Swiss-star Sibylle Matter by just 20-seconds to win the women’s race.

Men
1. Franky Batelier (FRA) 2:23:12
2. Ruben Ruzafa (ESP) 2:24:23
3. Olivier Marceau (SUI) 2:28:22
4. Karel Zadak (CZE) 2:28:36
5. Ronny Dietz (GER) 2:30:05

Women
1. Renata Bucher (SUI) 2:49:10
2. Sibylle Matter (SUI) 2:49:30
3. Judy Van Den Berg (NED) 2:59:58
4. Maud Golsteyn (NED) 3:02:45
5. Riikka Vreeswijk-Kelja (FIN) 3:05:12