For the second year in a row, the Swiss left no chances to her rivals on the demanding circuit in Nals. The chase by the CST-Sandd was ultimately unsuccessful: Tauber 2nd, Belomoina 3rd
The chase to the six-win record held by Gunn-Rita Dahle in Nals is still a long way to be achieved, but the start is promising to say the least: just 21, Ghost Factory Racing’s Sina Frei has won her second Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race in a row.
Twelve months have passed, but the plot has remained the same. The Swiss rider, who dominated the 2018 Under 23 World Cup, imposed her rules from the very beginning, winning a duel from distance with Dutch Anne Tauber. The CST-Sandd rider held on until halfway into the race, but eventually had to surrender to her rival, ending in second place, 36 seconds behind the winner.
The battle for third place once again involved Ghost and CST-Sandd: Yana Belomoina (CST-Sandd) endured a tough start, but found her best pace on the uphill as kilometers went by, managing to come back and conquer the third place (+2.01), ahead of Ghost teammates Anne Terpstra (+2.47) and Lisa Pasteiner (+3.27).
“I am very happy with this result, particularly at the end of such a tough race,” stated Sina Frei afterwards. “The terrain was treacherous, and that’s why I wanted to start fast and lead from the beginning. I managed to do that, and everything went to plan.”
Home rider Eva Lechner (Torpado-Südtirol) performed a solid race, ended as best Italian rider in 7th place, 5.03 behind, though she could not be in the game for the top spots. “I think I made a good race, actually I thought the terrain would be wetter and more difficult, instead it was fairly fast. Obviously I know this course very well, so I lowered the tire pressure a bit so to have better control. To be back competing in front of my home fans was really something: they have cheered for me through the whole race.”
In spite of Lechner’s result, Internazionali d’Italia Series leader’s jersey remained on the shoulders of Martina Berta (Torpado-Ursus), 11th on the day. Another Italian, Marika Tovo (Ghost Factory Racing) ended in ninth place, though still in her quest for the best shape. Two more home riders were in the race: Greta Seiwald (Santa Cruz – FSA) was 14th, Eva-Maria Gatscher (Sunshine Racers Nals) 23rd.