Mona Mitterwallner (Cannondale Factory Racing) lived up to the expectations in the Open Women’s race of the Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race, Internazionali d ‘Italia Series stage 2.
The Austrian rebounded from a relatively slow start and pushed on the accelerator as soon as she found the most suitable terrain for her skills, the long Nightingale climb. In the first lap, Eva Lechner (Trinx Factory Racing) had put on the first acceleration, but there was little the four-time winner in Nals could do against her rival’s comeback.
At the end of the second lap, Mitterwallner had 22 seconds on Giada Specia (Wilier-Pirelli), looking solid again after the success in San Zeno di Montagna, and 28 seconds on Lechner and German Leonie Daubermann (KTM Factory Racing Team), an advantage eventually increased to 1.12 on the trio in the following lap.
From there on, the Austrian athlete managed her pace and finished her effort in 1.33.37. Second place for Leonie Daubermann (+1.13.), a third spot for a smiling Eva Lechner (+1.40). With fourth place, Giada Specia confirmed her leadership in the general classification of the Internazionali d’Italia Series in the Open and Under 23 Women categories, ahead of Giorgia Marchet (Trinx Factory Racing), fifth today.
“Nals is a race that I love, I was happy to be able to come here and test myself before my elite debut in the World Cup in Brazil,” commented Mona Mitterwallner. “Today the track was difficult and technical, but also thanks to the excellent feeling I have found with the new bike, I was able to give my best.”
Junior Series Women: local fans rejoice with Sophie Auer
The UCI Junior Series women’s race in Nalles gave great satisfaction to the home crowd, which saw the success of a South Tyrolean talent, Sophie Auer.
The athlete of the Junior Team Südtirol ASV led from the first lap, always followed at a very short distance by Swiss Anina Hutter (Brunex Superior Factory Racing), whom she managed to distance by a mere 4 seconds on the finish line. Third place at 1.54 for the British Ella Maclean-Howell (Tofauti Everyone Active).
Sophie Auer also took over the Internazionali d’Italia Series category’s GC lead from fellow Italian Valentina Corvi (Trinx Factory Racing), fourth on the day.