Forster looks to another fast start at Internazionali d’Italia 

Winner of stage 1 in the 2021 edition, Team SCOTT-SRAM’s European Champion seeks a new winning debut in the Italian XCO series. The Swiss rider will take part in the Pineta Sperane XCO (March 6th) before facing the Absa Cape Epic

In a few days, Lars Forster will head to South Africa to take in the Absa Cape Epic adventure along with fellow Team SCOTT-SRAM rider Andri Frischknecht. Before that, though, the reigning European Champion has again chosen Internazionali d’Italia Series opener for his season debut: in 2021, he had won on his first seasonal attempt in Andora. Together with Andri Frischknecht, the Team SCOTT-SRAM rider looks to leave his mark at Pineta Sperane XCO, the new Italian Cross Country MTB event to be held in San Zeno di Montagna (Verona) on Sunday, March 6th, set to open the 2022 Internazionali d’Italia Series calendar.

“Last year, I had a great start of the season at Internazionali d’Italia Series”, said Forster. – “It is very inspiring to see that the hard winter work pays off. As San Zeno’s round happens to be right before the start of the Cape Epic, my training was different this year, but I will try my best to be among the best again”.

Forster has managed to shine on Italian soil on several occasions, boasting three Internazionali d’Italia Series stages to his name: Montichiari 2016, San Marino 2019 and Andora 2021. “I love to race in Italy”, admitted the Swiss. – “It’s a great place to race. I love the people, the food and all the good things Italy has to offer”.

The European Champion could be the top favorite for the Men’s Open race at Pineta Sperane XCO, but he will get tested on the way to Cape Epic and the UCI MTB World Cup stage 1 in Brazil by the likes of Latvian Martin Blums (CST PostNL Befang), Frenchman Stephane Tempier (Rockrider Racing Team), and the Trinity Team’s youngsters, 2021 JR World Champion Adrien Boichis, Colombian Camilo Andrés Gomes, Brazilian Alex Malacarne and Brit Cameron Mason, in addition to Italy’s top riders such as Gerhard Kerschbaumer (Team Specialized) and Italian National Champion Nadir Colledani (MMR).

“Internazionali d’Italia Series is an important first test before heading to Brazil for the 2022 UCI World Cup. It’s going to be a good indicator of who’s already in top shape”, concluded Forster.

Pineta Sperane XCO’s schedule starts on Sunday, March 6th at 10.30 CET with the Men’s Junior race, followed by the women’s competitions (Juniores and Open) at 12.30 CET, and the Open Men race at 14.30 CET.