The Mountain Bike festival takes place at Alpago Bike Funtastic: everyone is looking forward to the final competitions of Italy’s most important Cross Country circuit. Tempier, Avancini and Fontana are ready to enter the duel between Bertolini and Loo (LIVE streaming on Facebook and Youtube from 3PM)
Less than 24 hours left from the grand finale of Internazionali d’Italia Series, the atmosphere in Chies d’Alpago (Belluno) shows great expectation during the eve’s day. Indeed – tomorrow on Saturday 30th June – Alpago Bike Funtastic will be the stage of the showdown among the main protagonists of Italy’s most important Cross Country circuit.
MEN’S OPEN: FONTANA, TEMPIER AND AVANCINI BERTOLINI VS. LOO FOR THE OVERALL STANDINGS
The challenge’s leader in the Men’s Open category Gioele Bertolini (Focus Selle Italia) and his main opponent Martin Loo (Hawaii Express) are competing to take the baton from Marco Aurelio Fontana (Bianchi-Countervail), winner in 2017. Andrea Tiberi (Focus Selle Italia), Luca Braidot (G.S. Carabinieri) and Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Torpado-Gabogas) are ready to take advantage from every little mistake of the two leading athletes to join the standings with double points. Henrique Avancini (Cannondale Factory Racing), Stephane Tempier (Bianchi-Countervail) and Fontana himself, exceptional “umpire” motivated to leave their mark. Great attention attached to the Men’s Open of the last stage of Internazionali d’Italia Series, which will be a great show sharing strong feelings starting from 3PM. It will also be available the online live streaming on Facebook and Youtube official pages of the circuit.
“Martin Loo is a tough opponent, but I am fine and I want to win. The route is very challenging as usual in Chies d’Alpago. I hope to bring back home the first achievement of this season”. Despite his young age, Bertolini reflects a forceful personality. Moreover, his technical ability and explosiveness which counterbalance the power of the Estonian rider, this year’s Titano XCO winner. Alessandro Naspi (Platform Team) is the favorite for the U23 title: Alessandro Serravalle (Silmax Racing Team) and Juri Zanotti (Torpado-Gabogas ) behind him.
WOMEN’S OPEN: TOVO VS. CALVETTI, AND ALSO GIORGIA MARCHET. BELOMOINA ALSO IN THE COMPETITION
A generational duel in the Women’s Open category is announced (starting at 12.00): the young riders from Team Rudy Project, the winner of the Aprutium Race in Pineto, the leader of the Overall Standings Marika Tovo, and the local athlete Giorgia Marchet will try to win over the Italian Champion Serena Calvetti (KTM-Protek-Dama), first place in San Marino. Great expectations also for the European Champion Yana Belomoina (Team CST Sandd American Eagle) who will try to redeem a complicated start of the season in Alpago. Also confirmed the presence of Evie Richards (Great Britain), U23 Cyclocross World Champion – third among the U23 in the Mountain Bike World Cup overall standings.
JUNIORES: THREE MALE OPPONENTS COMPETING. SPECIA FEELS ENTHUSIASTIC AMONG WOMEN
Everyone is waiting for the duels of the Juniores category (starting at 9:30AM): Simone Avondetto (Silmax Racing Team) will try to defend the leadership from Zaccaria Toccoli (Team Focus Selle Italia), with Filippo Fontana (Gottardo Giochi Caneva) involved as well. Among women Giada Specia ( Team Velociraptors), winner in San Marino and Pineto, has what it takes to achieve again the first place in the category rank where he commands over the teammate Gaia Pagotto.
At the end of the Men’s Open race, in the central square of Lamosano of Chies d’Alpago the awards ceremony for the winners of the Internazionali d’Italia Series 2018 will take place, as part of the “Funtastic Spritz Bike” – broadcasted live streaming from 6PM.
Today, on Friday 29 June, the Alpago Bike Funtastic program started with the Italian Eliminator Championships. Closing day on Sunday, 1st July to celebrate the youthful cycling with the Italian Championships reserved to Cadets and Rookies categories.