Big weekend coming at Trofeo Delcar, third stage of 2017 Internazionali d’Italia. Startlist full of stars, and great expectaions for the two-time Olympic champion
Three weeks without races are too much for the Italian MTB fans: after the exciting one-two in Verona and Milan, Internazionali d’Italia Series 2017 restarts from Montichiari and the Trofeo Delcar, the only HC race of the Italian cross country calendar.
On Sunday April 2nd, the sixth edition of a now-classic race will take place. The event organized by Novagli Team Bike proposes a charming track, characterized by the passage through the iconic Bonoris Castle. The biggest novelty on the 4,5 km circuit is a catwalk that will bring the riders outside the castle’s wall, providing an unprecedented point of view for the spectators, expected in numbers also in 2017.
The startlist features a number of remarkable names, beginning with the list of those who have already celebrated in Montichiari, like the two Internazionali d’Italia GC leaders, Marco Aurelio Fontana (in 2014) and Serena Calvetti (twice, 2011 and 2012). Maxime Marotte (Cannondale Factory Racing) will try to repeat his success from twelve months ago, the eternal Gunn-Rita Dahle will go for the hat-trick after winning in 2015 and 2016. Then there is La Montagnetta’s winner, Florian Vogel (Focus XC), who already knows howto win in Montichiari (2015) and fellow Swiss Jolanda Neff (Kross Factory Racing), who claimed the Trofeo Delcar in 2014, and now comes back as World’s #1, accompanied by the queen of Milan, Maja Wloszczowska.
Trofeo Delcar will also mark the Internazionali d’Italia for another Lord of the Mountain Bike World, a rider who can boast nothing less than two Olympic title and five World Elite Gold medals: “Le Roi” Julien Absalon will lead a BMC Team in forces, and will do it with the goal of leaving a significant mark.
The Sunday’s races will start at 8.45 with the Rookies event (8.45), followed by Cadets (9.45), Juniors (11.15), and finally the two most expected races: Open Women at 13.00 and Open Men at 15.00.
The stage is ready: Montichiari is waiting for its protagonists.