The Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race on Sunday also hosts the single Italian stage (the second in the overall calendar) of the World Cup of the Junior category. Zaccaria Toccoli and Giada Specia challenge the best prospects in the world
The biggest names of the international young cycling are taking part in the 18th Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race, the opening round of Internazionali d’Italia Series which is held in Nals (Bozen, Northern Italy), on Sunday, April 15th. In addition to the category upgrade, returning to the UCI HC level, the South Tyrolean “classic” will also host the single Italian stage (and the outright second after Marseille Luminy) of the UCI Junior Series, the World Cup of the Junior category.
In the 2014 edition of the Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race, the Danish rising star Simon Andreassen won a prestigious victory, followed by the World title conquered in Lillehammer (Norway) in the same year. And this time a rainbow jersey will shine in the Junior Women’s race (start at 1.00 pm CET): the one of the 17-year-old Austrian Laura Stigger, number 1 of the UCI World Ranking and winner of the UCI Junior Series opener at Marseille Luminy (France).
Czech Tereza Saskova, #5 of the World ranking, is the main opponent of the World Champion (title conquered in Cairns, Australia), but the German Franziska Koch and Leoni Fend, the Swiss Tina Zueger and Melanie Tresch and the Italian Giada Specia and Gaia Pagotto should not be underrated.
Swiss Alexandre Balmer, runner-up at Marseille Luminy, is the one who is bound to win according to the men’s race predictions (starts at 11.15 am CET). Scott’s youngster, winner last week at Tamaro Trophy, needs to watch out for his compatriot Luca Schatti, after the strong duel during the Swiss Bike Cup’s opening round.
The Van Dijke twins, Mick and Tim, third and ninth at Marseille Luminy respectively, will try to run in team, whilst Zaccaria Toccoli will lead the Italian contingent together with Filippo Fontana, Emanuele Huez and Simone Avondetto, first in the last round of 2017 Internazionali d’Italia Series in Courmayeur (Aoste, Northern Italy).
The young cyclists are also in the spotlight on Saturday April 14th: Cadets and Rookies take part in a special technical challenge, a one-of-a-kind race in Italy: it features balance trails, jumps, obstacles, handling on dirt and counter-sloping hairpins, and it is a prelude of the first stage of Internazionali d’Italia Series.
The Mountain Bike fans will be able to follow in the official channels of the circuit the entire Open Men’s race in LIVE streaming and enjoy the highlights of the Open Women race and the UCI Junior Series (Men and Women).