Kerschbaumer impressed with Internazionali d’Italia opening: “What a showdown in Andora”

The 29-year-old Italian rider will start his defense of the Internazionali d’Italia Series title on Sunday at Andora Race Cup. “Impressive line-up. Jordan Sarrou is my favorite”

Italian Gerhard Kerschbaumer is to be considered a veteran of the Internazionali d’Italia Series circuit, arguably one of the top names of a star-studded panel awaited at the opening stage of Andora Race Cup, to be held on Sunday, March 7th in Andora (Liguria).

The twenty-nine years old Italian rider from South Tyrol is the defending champion of Internazionali d’Italia Series. He experienced first-hand the circuit’s growth during the five years of CM Outdoor Events‘ tenure. The Specialized Team new athlete will start the defense of his title in a race characterized by an international line-up, led by another Specialized rider, the XCO World Champion Jordan Sarrou.

The race in Andora is going to be impressive. It will be tough to win, but you must be happy that races at this level are happening more and more in Italy: that’s good news for the movement, particularly for the youth categories. Internazionali d’Italia Series has reached an international dimension among the best XCO circuits in Europe, on par with the Swiss Bike Cup“, Kerschbaumer explained. Kerschbaumer’s fiercest rivals are expected to be the likes of Sarrou, Carod, Forster, Marotte, Valero, Coloma, Braidot. Andora Race Cup 2021 promises a hard-fought competition, a very significant test after the winter training.

I started the pre-season preparation a few months in advance, in agreement with the Specialized Team, and I can see the results. I’ve never felt this good so early in the season“, admitted Kerschbaumer. Furthermore, the former U23 World Champion pinned some goals for Andora Race Cup.

I hope to confirm the good feelings of my seasonal debut. – continued the former Italian champion. – That’s my first goal. I’d like to claim a top-5 against fierce opponents. I know the race circuit, a perfect match of climbs and technical passages. My favorite? It must be Jordan Sarrou. I have trained with him in Finale Ligure. Jordan is in good shape, and above all, he is the World Champion“.

Andora Race Cup programme starts at 9 AM on Sunday, March 7th with the Men Junior race, followed by the Women’s competitions (Junior, U23 and Elite) at 11 AM and the Men’s Open race at 1 PM.