Maturity test for Vlad Dascalu at Elba Island

The young Romanian rider, former Under 23 World Champion, is preparing to challenge the Cross Country’s giants on Monday, April 5th at Capoliveri Legend XCO, the second stage of Internazionali d’Italia Series

Only a few days left to Capoliveri Legend XCO, the second stage of Internazionali d’Italia Series scheduled on Monday, April 5th on the Elba Island, and the start list for the men’s Open race, closing the race day at 14.30, keeps on growing.

Among the contestants there will be Vlad Dascalu, the 23-year-old Romanian talent from Team Trek-Pirelli, Under-23 World Champion two seasons ago and now expected to prove himself against the likes of Olympic Champion and seven-time World Champion Nino Schurter (Team SCOTT-SRAM) and the Team Santa Cruz duo, Luca Braidot and Maxime Marotte.

The athlete from Fălticeni is racing in his second season in the Elite category but can be considered a rookie after the 2020 season affected by the epidemic emergency. “The level among Elite is very high, and the gap between one rider and the other is minimal,” he stated. However, Dascalu has already shown he can compete with the best, both at Andora Race Cup and in Spain, where he conquered a fine victory in Valladolid.

I think I’m in good shape,” added the Romanian. – “I expect to run a good race at Elba, even if the level will be very high. I’ll try to keep up with the best: it won’t be easy. I’m still getting used to the new category and pace, but these competitions represent an excellent test bench before approaching the World Cup.

Young but ambitious, Trek-Pirelli Team’s star also gave some thoughts on the Internazionali d’Italia Series ranking: “In Andora, I had my debut in the circuit, and the level of the race was top-notch: just like a small World Cup. In Capoliveri, the favorite is Nino Schurter, but my goal is to give my best and grow stage after stage. If that works out, I will also get the chance to rank for the General Classification. I certainly won’t back down“.

Capoliveri Legend XCO schedule starts on Saturday, April 3rd, with the youth competitions and the ‘GP di Inverno (Winter Gran Prix)’ for Cadets and Rookies, whilst on Monday, April 5th, the Internazionali d’Italia Series races are scheduled: Junior Men at 10.30 CET, Open and Junior Women at 12.30 CET and Open Men at 14.30 CET.