Kerschbaumer joins the field at Internazionali d’Italia stage 1

The former Italian National Champion of Team Specialized will line up at Pineta Sperane XCO in San Zeno di Montagna on Sunday, March 6th. “The main favourite is Lars Forster, but my condition is improving”

Italy’s Gerhard Kerschbaumer is not famous to be a fast starter in his seasons, but when it comes to Internazionali d’Italia Series, the former Italian National Champion of Team Specialized should never be counted out. 2021 was arguably a disappointing season for the Italian, still the best day of his campaign came in Internazionali d’Italia Series stage 4 in Val Casies, where he claimed his sole victory of the year.

On Sunday, March 6th, the 30-year-old Italian rider will be at the start of the Italian series’ opening stage, Pineta Sperane XCO, in San Zeno di Montagna (Verona, Northern Italy), looking to clash with a solid field led by Lars Forster (SCOTT-SRAM), Martin Blums (CST PostNL Befang), Nadir Colledani (MMR Factory), Stephane Tempier (Rockrider), Maxime Marotte e Luca Braidot (Team Santa Cruz), Sasha Hudyma (CST PostNL Befang), Adrien Boichis and Camilo Andres Gomez (Team Trinity).

“I think that there are riders in better shape than I am at this moment, but my condition is improving”, said Kerschbaumer. – “Usually, I’m not the fastest starter to the season, but I trained well in California and I think that I can aim for good feedbacks early in this 2022”.

The former #1 of the UCI World ranking might be one to watch out for: after all, the all-natural course of San Zeno di Montagna is perfect to enhance his skills. “Its a varied and all-natural route, an intriguing feature for me. I wouldn’t consider myself as a frontrunner for Sunday’s race: I think Lars Forster, an athlete used to give his best in the first races of the season, is the number one favourite for the win”.

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.