From Australia to ‘Internazionali’: McConnell joins racing field in La Thuile

The Primaflor-Mondraker-X-Sauce’s 29-year-old, already on the World Cup podium in 2021, chose Internazionali d’Italia Series’ final stage as a litmus test in view of the Olympic race

Internazionali d’Italia Series’ 2021 season was characterized by an impressive field of starters, and the final round of this edition – La Thuile MTB Race (Aosta Valley, Northern Italy) – is also ready to welcome some of the best riders of the MTB XCO World.

On Saturday, June 26th, Rebecca McConnell will be in the front line to achieve success in the Open Women’s race. Third placed in the World Cup round in Nove Mesto (XCO race) and runner-up in Leogang (Short Track), the Primaflor-Mondraker-X-Sauce 29-year-old will test herself in La Thuile in the build-up for the UCI World Cup round in Le Gets and the Olympic Race in Tokyo.

It will be my first time in La Thuile and I’m really looking forward to it. I am recovering from a cold but I hope to be back racing on Saturday at 100%. Aside from this small setback, my racing shape has been really good and I am enjoying the Europe racing season so much at the moment”, said Rebecca McConnell.

The route seems technical, suitable to fine-tune the skills ahead of the World Cup in Les Gets and of course before the Olympic Games” – explained the #6 of the UCI Ranking. – “Of course, every start line you go there with the aim to win. My goal for La Thuile will be to have a really great race and make sure I am ready for the World Cup in Le Gets”.

With 4 Km and 188 mt. positive gain for each lap, La Thuile’s ring is a promise of a great show. Many difficult sections will enhance the skills of the Cross Country champions, from the ‘Shimano Section’ to ‘The Angel Flight’, from ‘The Centrifuga’ to ‘The Meteorite’.

La Thuile MTB Race offers two days of action. Main courses on Saturday, June 26th, will be the Internazionali d’Italia Series competitions: Men’s UCI Junior Series at 10.30 CET, Women’s Open race and UCI Junior Series at 12.30 CET; Men’s Open race at 15.00 CET. On Sunday, June 27th, the youth competitions will close the program with Men’s Cadets at 10.00 CET, Women’s Cadets and Rookies at 11.00 CET, and Men’s Rookies at 13.30 CET.