The “rain man” Colledani nails first HC success

One of the best performances of Nadir Colledani (MMR Racing Team) at the Internazionali d’Italia Series dates back to San Marino 2019: a second place to remember in the storm, facing opponents such as Lars Forster and Nino Schurter.

In Nalles 2022, the Italian national champion managed to do even better, winning his first career HC race, with rain being a factor once again. Indeed, in the afternoon race of the Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race, rain came back to affect the Open Men’s effort, adding to the low temperature that characterized the whole day.

The eve’s favorite was South African Alan Hatherly (Cannondale Factory Racing), and until four out of the six laps in program, the Nals race had proposed a duel between him and the Italian National Champion, on increasingly heavy and treacherous terrain.

After that, Hatherly paid the toll of the cold conditions, and his action started losing effectiveness. Colledani instead insisted on his own pace until the finish line, fully enjoying his first HC success.

Behind him, with Hatherly slipping back, the race for second place was between two more Italian riders. It was Gioele Bertolini (Trinx Factory Racing, +1.31) author of a brilliant race, who eventually came on top, returning to the Internazionali d’Italia Series podium after some years and also claiming the Open Men leader’s jersey.

Third place for Simone Avondetto (Wilier-Pirelli, +1.37), ahead of Gregor Raggl (Brunex Superior Racing) and Filippo Fontana (Carabinieri-Olimpia), new leader of the Internazionali d’Italia Series in the Under 23 category. Hatherly had to stand with sixth place.

“It feels great to win an HC race for the first time here in Nals. For some reason, I manage to perform at my best when it rains; today, I think I also made a good tires selection. It is certainly also a matter of mentality, something on which I have progressed significantly, and on which I am working hard. Now I’m leaving for Brazil with high morale,” Colledani stated afterward.