The UCI Elite squad looks ahead with ambition to Internazionali d’Italia Series’ stage 3 on the Elba Island, on Monday, April 18th. Luca Braidot, Martina Berta, Greta Seiwald and Sara Cortinovis all figure to be in contention in the Italian HC race
At the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup stage in Brazil, Team Santa Cruz-FSA clearly showed to be among the World’s strongest Cross Country outfits at the moment.
A well-balanced line-up, made of rising stars and experienced riders, can’t wait to hang the race number again. It will happen at Internazionali d’Italia Series’ stage 3, Capoliveri Legend XCO, to be held on Monday, April 18th.
Instead of the Brazilian jungle, in Capoliveri (Elba Island, Tuscany), riders will find winding trails over the sea, at the foot of renowned Mount Calamita’s iron mines. The Capoliveri circuit will require both physical and mental strength and offers a major opportunity to claim a HC success for a team in great shape like Santa Cruz-FSA.
After the sixth place in the World Cup opening round in Petropolis, Italian Luca Braidot leads the Team Santa Cruz-FSA in Capoliveri. The two-time Italian Champion took second place in Internazionali d’Italia Series’ stage 1 in San Zeno di Montagna, and he will hope to move one higher at Elba Island.
“I’m feeling fine”, explained Luca Braidot. “I like the Capoliveri course, it’s suited for my skills. In addition, we know its key passages, because the Elba Island hosted our pre-seasonal training camp with the Italian National Team”.
Team Santa Cruz can count on many options also for the Elite Women’s race, with Martina Berta, Greta Seiwald and the rising star Sara Cortinovis, who was runner-up in the U23 World Cup stage 1 after conquering all Internazionali d’Italia Series’ JR rounds last year.
“I’m hyped in view of Capoliveri’s race, after the beautiful second place I got in Brazil. I love the Capoliveri race course and the beauty of Elba Island isn’t a secondary factor. I will have to deal with the jet-lag, but I hope to be able to manage it have a good race”, concluded Cortinovis.