OPEN WOMEN: COURTNEY RULES ON A SUPER-EYE. CORTINOVIS STILL QUEEN AMONG THE JUNIORS – In the women’s field, the expectations were all for Kate Courtney (Scott-SRAM), the 2018 World Champion who arrived for the first time to compete on the Internazionali d’Italia Series circuits, and the 25-year-old Californian did not disappoint those who wanted her to be the protagonist in the first edition of Capoliveri Legend XCO.
At her seasonal debut, however, Courtney had to sweat perhaps more than expected to get the better of a splendid Chiara Teocchi (Trinity Racing), who confirms a brilliant start to the season with a second place that is worth gold.
The Courtney-Teocchi duel was staged right from the launch lap, when the American lined up the group and the Italian immediately entered his wake. The two had an advantage over the rest, with the Danish Caroline Bohe (Ghost Factory Racing) the only athlete able to stay at a distance. Further behind the other Italians, with Lechner (Trinx Factory Racing), Berta and Seiwald (Santa Cruz-FSA) soon out of the challenge for the big target.
After gaining seconds in the first half of the race, Courtney suffered the return of the Bergamo rider in the fourth lap, while Bohe’s disadvantage came close to one minute. Courtney’s decisive action came uphill on the penultimate lap, an attack that allowed her to gain about twenty seconds on the Italian, then managed to the finish line with 24 seconds on Teocchi. Third place for Caroline Bohe (+0.46), who with her placement has conquered the leader jerseys of both the Open and Under 23 Women’s categories. Also worth mentioning are the placings of Eva Lechner (4th) Greta Seiwald (6th), Giada Specia (7th), Martina Berta (8th) and Marika Tovo (9th).
“It was the perfect start to the season: first win in a beautiful place,” commented Courtney. “I am also happy with my conduct in the race: I had a great desire to get back into the race, but it is always difficult to predict the sensations of the first exit. I managed well on a demanding track, I was always in control, and for this I am really happy ”.
Great emotion also for Teocchi, whose participation was even in doubt after a fall yesterday that required stitches on his left arm: “I am really happy with this race, especially after all the problems of last year. Until the end I thought about not starting, but in the end I decided to try: being able to keep up with Kate Courtney on such a path is a great sign in an important season. “
Among the Junior Women, the Andora winner Sara Cortinovis (Four Es Racing Team) confirmed her dominance in a clear and clear way: first position conquered and kept for the entire duration of the race, concluding with more than two minutes of margin on the coupled Trinx Factory Racing formed by Noemi Planckesteiner and Lucia Bramati, and further extension in the overall standings of the Internazionali d’Italia Series.
JUNIOR MEN: AEBERSOLD WINS, MULTIDISCIPLINARY TALENT – Swiss success in the first race of the day, that of the Junior Men. After an outburst from Filippo Agostinacchio (Scott-Libarna) on the launch lap, then joined by Marco Betteo (Racing Team Rive Rosse) and Matteo Siffredi (Scott-Libarna), the Swiss Nils Aebersold (Roland / Trek Bike) managed to recover a gap of 30 seconds to take the lead at the start of the second lap.
The 2004 son of Niki Aebersold, a good professional on the road at the turn of the new millennium, imposed his own pace without looking back, outdistancing his opponents one by one – the last to give up Agostinacchio – until he won the first edition of Capoliveri Legend XCO after almost three solo laps. Agostinacchio (+ 0:32) consoles himself with second place and the category leader jersey of the Internazionali d’Italia Series, third place instead for Betteo (+ 1:03).
Curiosity, Aebersold is a multidisciplinary talent like many of those who are imposing themselves on the world scene: Nils is in fact Swiss junior champion in cyclocross, winner of the EKZ Cross category circuit in 2021, and in 2020 he was Swiss champion of the category on road and track, in the omnium specialty.
After today’s test the general rankings of the Internazionali d’Italia XCO see Agostinacchio in the lead among the juniors, Sara Cortinovis among the Juniores women, Caroline Bohe among the Elite and U23 women, Simone Avondetto among the U23 and Marotte among the Elite.
In the photos the podiums of the races, top: Elite Men; center of page, from left; Juniors and Women Juniors, below: Elite Women and U23.
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