Marco Fontana

No matter what, dream big, go big

Marco Aurelio Fontana performs at the UCI World Tour in Val di Sole, Italy on August 23rd, 2015
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Hi, my name is Marco Fontana. My discipline is cross-country. I was born on 12 October 1984 in Giussano, Italy. My philosophy of life is to have fun. The most important person in my life is my wife.


Marco Aurelio Fontana is Italy's foremost cross-country rider. He first started competing in road cycling events at the age of 11, before moving on to mountain bikes and cyclocross at the age of 14. In 2002, aged just 18, Fontana had his first big success, becoming Italian Cross Country champion in the junior category, at Trentino.

The Italian's breakthrough in the senior ranks came at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where he finished fifth – an impressive result, that saw Cannondale Factory Racing sign him up in 2009. Fontana continued to experience good results in both cross-country and cyclocross over the next few years. In cross-country, he was the senior national Italian champion in 2009 and 2011, while taking the national crown in cyclocross in 2010.

2012 proved to be an extremely successful year for Fontana. Consistent displays in the UCI World Cup series saw him take three third place finishes, in races in France, Belgium and the United States. He followed up those successes with a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics, while also becoming World Team Relay MTB champion with his Italian colleagues.

In 2013 he won gold at the UCI Mountain Bike and Trial World Championship as a member of the Italian team. Returning to the World Championships the following year, he followed that team success up with individual bronze in the Cross Country, and he's been fighting amongst the very best for World Cup podiums ever since.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2017
    1. 2nd Place: Cyclo-Cross Italian National Championships

      Padova, Italy

  2. 2015
    1. Ciclocross Italian Champion

      Winning the title yet again

    2. 2nd Place: MTB Tamaro Trophy - MTB Cross-Country

      Monte Tamaro, Switzerland

  3. 2014
    1. 3rd Place: UCI Mountan Bike & Trial World Championship

      Marco won an individual bronze medal in Cross-Country

      Hafjell, Norway

  4. 2013
    1. 1st Place: UCI Mountan Bike & Trial World Championship

      Marco won gold as one member of the Italian Cross-Country Relay Team

      Pietermaritzburg, South Africa

  5. 2012
    1. 3rd Place: Olympic Games - MTB Cross-Country

      London, UK

    2. 3rd Place: UCI World Cup

      Houffalize, Belgium

    3. MTB Team Relay World Champion

      Title he had already won in 2009