It seemed to be all down to a duel between Avondetto and Marotte, but once again, the final act of the Internazionali delivered a surprise ending. 24-year-old Romanian Vlad Dascalu, one of the brightest emerging talents in mountain bike, upset the expectations among Open Men, winning in La Thuile at the end of a leading race from start to finish. The Romanian biker beat Russian Anton Sintsov (Struby Bixs) and Stephane Tempier (Trek Factory Racing) to the finish line.
“I’m so happy,” Dascalu said after crossing the finish line. – “For me, it’s the first victory in Italy. I wanted to race in the lead, and I managed to do just that. Special thanks to Team Trek-Pirelli for making this possible.”
Dascalu, Blevins, Tempier, Zanotti and Sintsov built up a significant lead from the first corners, with Vittone (KTM-Protek) leading the chasing group, which was never in the running for the stage win. Unfortunately, GC leader Simone Avondetto (Trek-Pirelli) suffered a broken chain early on and was forced to restart from the last position, seeing his hopes vanish in spite of an impossible comeback attempt.In the last lap, Dascalu managed to go solo and showed up alone on the finish line. The best Italian on the day was Juri Zanotti (KTM-Protek) in fourth place.