The Austrian National Champion doubled his last week’s success in Haiming: Italian Andreas Emanuele Vittone and Norwegian Ole Sigurd Rekdahl rounded out the top-3
The rain has stopped over Nals, even though the sky remains plumbeous and menacing, and it’s hard to tell what afternoon could bring. Meantime, though, the Junior Men could seize the break and give life to an entertaining race, topped by one of the strongest riders at this time, Austrian National Champion Mario Bair, who had already won in Haiming seven days ago.
The young Tyrolean of Racing Team Haiming found his fiercest rival in Italian in Andreas Emanuele Vittone (Velo Club Monte Tamaro): after the early duel, the Austrian managed to open an increasing gap over the Italian, who had to stand with a prestigious 2nd place, 1.19 behind the winner. A Norway’s National Team rider, Ole Sigurd Rekdahl, came in third, 3.09 behind.
Mario Bair’s awe was totally understandable: “It might be my fifth or sixth time in Nals, but it’s my first victory here, so I am glad to have broken the ice. I am in a great moment of shape and adding another major win after Haiming is really special. Today the wet ground made Nals’ course even more challenging and treacherous, but as I found my pace I managed to hold up and get to the finish with a good margin.”
Frenchman Luca Martin (Veloroc-BMC), sixth on the day, managed to hold on the Internazionali d’Italia Series leader’s jersey.
Another celebration would follow for Racing Team Haiming later on, with the Junior Women’s series, as Mona Mitterlwalner dominated the race, distancing Norwegian Helene Marie Fossesholm and German Luisa Daubermann.