Internazionali d’Italia Series’ final round also hosts the Italian stage of the World Cup for the Junior categories. The circuit leaders, Andreas Emanuele Vittone and Letizia Motalli, challenge the best prospects in the World
The best prospects in international Mountain Bike are on their way to the “breeding ground” of Italy, the Aosta Valley. The smallest region of Italy is the birthplace of some of the most promising athletes of the national movement, starting with Martina Berta and Andreas Emanuele Vittone, who both have a chance to seal an overall Internazionali d’Italia Series victory in their respective categories in La Thuile.
Internazionali d’Italia Series round 5, La Thuile MTB, also hosts the Italian stage of the UCI JR Series, the World Cup for the Junior category, to be held on Saturday June 22nd.
Spotlights on home rider Vittone (Velo Club Monte Tamaro) in the men’s race (10.30 CET). The Italian rider will be facing a double mission – holding out from the assault of his closest rival Emanuele Huez (KTM-Protek-Dama) for the Internazionali d’Italia Series crown, and challenge the likes of UCI World Ranking #1, Brit Charlie Aldridge (Scottish Cycling Team) for the day’s glory.
However, there will be more than just Huez and Aldridge on Vittone’s way. La Thuile is ready to welcome another Brit, Harry Birchill (GB National Team), Switzerland’s Janis Baumann (Velo Club Monte Tamaro) and Kedup Gyagang (KA Bossom Gossau), Spain’s Carlos Canal Blanco (Academia Postal-Maceda) #4 of the UCI World Ranking, and Jaime Pico Bosch (Federacio de Ciclisme de Les Illes Balears), UCI World Ranking #9 South African Daniel Van der Walt (Cannondale), Swede August Höglund (IKHP Huskvarna) and Frenchman Luca Martin (Team Veloroc BMC), winner of Internazionali d’Italia Series’ first stage in Andora.
Two hours later (12.30 CET), it will be time for the Junior Women to contest the UCI Junior Series. Letizia Motalli (KTM Protek Dama) holds a 20-points lead over her closest rival Julia Maria Graf (ASC Kardaun), with Letizia Marzani (Merida Italia Team) in third, distanced by 23 points. However, the final act of the most important Italian MTB challenge might have upsets in store, as it assigns double scores compared to the other stages. In addition, the presence of talented bikers such as UCI World Ranking #2 Herriet Harnden (GB National Team), Brit Anna McGorum (Scottish National Team), Chilean Catalina Kossmann Vidaurre (UCI Centre Mondial de Cyclisme) and French Lauriane Duraffourg (Vel’Haut-Jura Saint Claude) is sure to produce an interesting race.
La Thuile MTB will offer three days of action: on Friday June 21st the warm-up and preliminary operations will take place, followed Saturday by the Internazionali d’Italia Series races. The Men’s UCI Junior Series round will open the programme at 10.30 am CET, followed by the Women’s competitions (Open and UCI Junior Series) at 12.30 and the Men’s Open race at 3.00 pm. On Sunday June 23rd, the youth races will close the programme: the Men’s Cadets race starts at 10.00, followed by Cadet and Rookie Women at 11.00 and Rookie Men at 1.30 pm.