On Sunday, Team Bianchi Countervail’s Italian athlete will face the Aprutium Race, looking to climb positions in the overall. “The gaps are pretty narrow, I must win to dream big”
Chiara Teocchi doesn’t give up easily, even less when competing at Internazionali d’Italia Series. The Team Bianchi Countervail Italian – winner of the Open Series in 2016 and among U23 in 2017 – will face the third stage of the circuit, the Aprutium Race scheduled on Sunday June 10th in Pineto (Teramo, Abruzzo, Central Italy), to climb back positions in the Open overall standings. “The gaps are pretty narrow, MTB races are always surprising. The situation may still change between Pineto and Chies d’Alpago”.
“My condition is good, I had good feelings in the last two World Cup stages – Team Bianchi-Countervail’s youngster explained – It went well in Albstadt, whilst Nove Mesto’s circuit didn’t suit me likewise. I expect good results from Pineto’s race: the route is very tough and technical, with short ascents and descents in sequence, just as I like. In addition, being so close to the sea, the heat will be a factor: the schedule (12.30 am CET) recommends a controlled start in view of the finale not to jeopardize the performance”.
In the Open Women’s race, the two-time CX European Champion needs to watch out for rivals starting from defending champion and overall leader Serena Calvetti. “I know Serena pretty well, she is a solid athlete but this season’s surprises Marika Tovo and Giorgia Marchet are chasing in the GC, and rising to the occasion. The short gaps in the overall may favor twists and turns, I will try to be ready”.
Two years ago, a 19-year-old Teocchi came into the international limelight claiming the overall victory at Internazionali d’Italia Series, a well-known springboard for the best Mountain Bike prospects. “I remember the emotion of those moments – continues 2016 Internazionali d’Italia Series’ queen – the Series increased the level of the Italian offroad. I’m happy to see our women proving their value all over the World. We must continue to make the National Team stronger in major international events, European and World Champs. In the future, I hope for a higher number of National team’s training camps, to build up the team spirit that makes a difference in the key moments of the race”.