The strong Silmax Racing Team rider, winner in Courmayeur in 2017, takes Internazionali d’Italia Series stage 2 after a race in which he dropped all of his rivals, one by one, finally edging Zaccaria Toccoli
On Sunday April 22nd, in sunny San Marino, the Junior Men opened Titano XCO in style, with an entertaining race at very high pace, that clearly showed the toughness and selectiveness of the course charted by the Federazione Sammarinese Ciclismo.
Simone Avondetto (Silmax Racing Team) showed up alone on the finish, at the end of four laps in which he put all of his rivals on the back foot with his pace, eventually dropping them one by one. At the first time on the finish line, a leading quartet featured Avondetto, Filippo Fontana (Gottardo Giochi Caneva), Zaccaria Toccoli (Focus Selle Italia) and Emanuele Huez (KTM Protec Dama), with the latter being the first to give up during lap 2. In the third loop, Nals’ winner Fontana also got dropped, leaving the fight for the stage win between Avondetto and Toccoli.
In the final meters, Avondetto managed to distance his rival by a few seconds, but enough to savour his second Internazionali d’Italia Series win after the one in Courmayeur in 2017. Zaccaria Toccoli was second ahead of Filippo Fontana, who still managed to hold on the red leader’s jersey designed by Northwave Custom Project.
“Today’s course was better suited to me than last week’s in Nals,” Simone Avondetto told, “and I managed to perform much better. I am happy and honored to be the first rider to have raised his arms in this race.”