Marco Bui (Marin-Helly Hansen) and Marga Fullana (Specialized) showed their form for the third round of the 2001 Tissot-UCI mountain bike World Cup on Saturday by winning their respective time trial heats. Bui blazed the one-lap, 7km over the technical, hilly Houffalize course in 21minutes, 50 seconds, 16.1 seconds faster than Canadian Roland Green of the Trek-Volkswagen team. Dane Michael Rasmussen (Haro-Lee Dungarees), the 1999 world cross-country champion, finished third, 17.62 seconds back.
In the women’s race, Fullana ripped the course, finishing 33.75 seconds ahead of Italian Annabella Stropparo. Brit Caroline Alexander (Specialized) was at 1:20. Tune in later today for a report on the cross-country race.