Rainy day at Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race. Noemi Planckensteiner (Cadet 2) and Sophie Auer (Cadet 1) make ASV St. Lorenzen happy. Corvi (2nd year) and Temperoni (1st year) claim success in Women’s rookie series
After many years, rain is back to the Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race. On Sunday April 14th, the Internazionali d’Italia Series stage 2 has started on wet terrain, as rain started falling in the very early morning, and keeps pouring – albeit slightly – over Nals’ orchards.
The challenge gets harder for the 700 riders at the start in the different categories, starting with the Cadet and Rookie women who opened the race program at 8.30.
Südtirol, and ASV St. Lorenzen team in particular, had plenty of reasons to celebrate in the Cadets category: Noemi Planckesteiner confidently ruled the 2nd year race, as Sophie Auer did in the 1styear category.
Lombardy’s Valentina Corvi (Melavì Focus Bike) lived up to the predictions by winning the 2nd year Rookies’ race, extending her very good early season stretch, whilst Sanremo-born Beatrice Temperoni (Ciclistica Bordighera) edged the 1st year Rookies’ race: Italian National Cyclocross champion in her category, he Ligurian rider found ideal ground to express her technical skills.
Next up were the Men’s youth categories: the 2nd-year Rookies’ race was won by Vallée d’Aoste’s Etienne Grimod (XCO Project), who managed to see off runner-up Pietro Genesini (Focus XC Italia Team). In the 1st-year Rookies category, Luca Fregata (Focus XC Italia Team) won a hotly contested race, leaving behind Stefano Sacchet (Bettini Bike Team) and Nicholas Travella (GS Cicli Fiorini ASD) by a few seconds.
Vallée d’Aoste’s Filippo Agostinacchio (XCO Project) confirmed his front-line credentials by winning the 2nd-year Cadets’ race, seeing off Michael Pecis (Scuola Mtb San Paolo D’Argon) by short distance. Among 1st year Cadets’, Piedmont’s Edoardo Renna (Team Bramati Piemonte) finalized a long solo ride, sided on the podium by two Polisportiva Quilano Bike riders, Carlo Cortesi and Emanuele Tirasso.
Afterwards, it was Uomini Juniores’ turn where Austrian Mario Bair (Racing Team Haiming) showed his determination by leading from the very beginning and then conquering the first place over Andreas Emanuele Vittone (Velo Club Monte Tamaro). Third place for Sigurd Rekdahl Ole (Norwegische Nationalmannschaft).