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.Read more