The technical loop of Internazionali d’Italia Series stage 5 in Aosta Valley (Saturday, June 26th) will serve as a reliable test bench in view of Tokyo’s Olympic Games
When Internazionali d’Italia Series’ fifth and last stage is raced in La Thuile on Saturday, June 26th, exactly one month will be left to the first Olympic Mountain Bike race in Tokyo. La Thuile MTB Race promises to be an important test for anybody thinking of the five-circled glory, taking place on a technical and challenging course that somehow recalls the character of the Japanese ring in Izu.
“La Thuile hosts one of the most difficult MTB courses in the World. After this year’s works, the course is even more like the OG loop”, said the head of the OC, Enrico Martello. In the first edition of this event, in 2019, La Thuile’s circuit has put on a test the best riders in the World: on that occasion, Italian Gerhard Kerschbaumer ad Brit Evie Richards washed out the fierce competition.
With 4 Km and 180 meters of elevation gain for each lap, the circuit is characterized by a big altitude difference distributed on short but challenging ascents. However, the constant alternation of small hills and technical descents won’t leave athletes space to breathe, along the lines of the Japanese loop.
“Compared to the 2019 edition, we have introduced a section with bumpy trunks in Nove Mesto-style – explains Martello. – “We are setting up a new rock garden, comparable to the Olympic circuit. Our race is perfect for those looking to test themselves ahead of Tokyo”.
A famous Alpine ski resort, La Thuile hosts one of the best natural Bike Parks in Italy and the Internazionali d’Italia Series final round for the second edition in a row. The Aosta Valley’s race will award double points for the general classification. In addition, the best Juniors in the World will take part in the UCI Junior Series race, the World Cup for the JR UCI categories.
The General Classification after stage 4 sees Simone Avondetto (Team Trek-Pirelli) and Chiara Teocchi (Trinity Racing) leading the Open categories with 64 and 87 points, respectively.
Filippo Agostinacchio (SCOTT Libarna) is the leader of the Junior Men’s category with 101 points, as Sara Cortinovis (Four ES Racing) dominates the Junior Women’s challenge with 140 points.