The Volcat BTT starts with Rohrbach and Lecomte, the Italians ..

In Spain, to be precise in Catalunya, a Igualada today at a somewhat unusual time, 16:00 in the afternoon the Volcat BTT, an international stage race that for several years has been a fixed appointment for Italian teams. The first stage was the easiest of all the four that will run until Easter. 38 kilometers with only 800 meters of elevation gain.

At the starting line there were bikers from five of our marathon formations: DMT Racing team, Soudal Lee Cougan Racing team, Torpado Südtirol, Wilier 7C Force, New Bike 2008. Today the start was uphill for us Italians who were there used too well in the past. The DMT Racing Team has won six editions of this race and in the women’s field the Torpado Südtirol the 2018 and 2019 editions.

In the men’s race that has a very high technical level since there are also the Canyon Northwave and the Bulls, a somewhat surprising success for the Rossocrociato Nicola Rohrbach that rules for only seven seconds the Dutch Hans Becking who from this year races in Spain for the Buff Scott team, third his teammate the Lusitanian Josè Dias.

Two that until last year raced with the DMT Racing team which today placed the Portuguese Roberto Ferreira in fifth place, sixth Tony Longo (Soudal Lee Cougan), the first Italian to cross the finish line. Andrea Marconi’s team entered the top ten also with Tiago Ferreira (seventh) and with the Flemish Alleman (ninth).

The women’s race seems already marked, the Under 23 XCO world champion, the French Loana Lecomte gave six minutes to Polish veteran Maja Wloszczowska. Third step of the podium for “Kata” Sosna, the Lithuanian champion who has been racing in Italy for several years with the Torpado Südtirol team. She arrived in Igualada after almost fourteen minutes, against the first two it will be tough in the next few days. Seventh the Piedmontese Costanza Fasolis.

Photos: © Anna Olea / Ocisport

OFFICIAL MALE ARRIVAL ORDER

1 – ROHRBACH, NICOLA (ALL) – GOLDWURST-POWER 01:35:37
2 – BECKING, HANS (OLA) – BUFF-SCOTT MTB TEAM +7”
3 – DAYS, JOSÉ (POR) – BUFF-SCOTT MTB TEAM at 01:12 min
4 – FREY, MARTIN (GER) – TEAM BULLS a 02:13 min.
5 – FERREIRA, ROBERTO (POR) – DMT RACING TEAM BY MARCONI at 02:14 min.
6 – LONGO, TONY – SOUDAL LEECOUGAN RACING T a 02:14 min.
7 – FERREIRA, TIAGO (POR) – DMT RACING TEAM BY MARCONI at 02:25 min.
8 – DIAZ, IVAN (SPA) – EUKON CONCHEL SPORT TEAM a 02:26 min.
9 – ALLEMAN, WOUT (BEL) – DMT RACING TEAM BY MARCONI at 03:16 min.
10 – STOŠEK, MARTIN (CZE) – CANYON NORTHWAVE MTB TEAM a 03:16 min.

18 – TRONCONI, MARTINO – TEAM WILIER 7C FORCE a 04:50 min.
19 – DORN, VINZENT (GER) – DMT RACING TEAM BY MARCONI at 5:10 p.m.

26 – DORIGONI, JAKOB – TORPADO-SÜDTIROL MTB PRO at 06:02 min.

27 – CHIARINI, RICCARDO – TORPADO-SÜDTIROL MTB PRO at 06:02 min.

28 – VALDRIGHI, STEFANO – SOUDAL LEECOUGAN RACING T  a 06:03 min.

OFFICIAL FEMALE ARRIVAL ORDER

1 LECOMTE, LOANA (FRA) – MASSI 01:47:58

2 WLOSZCZOWSKA, MAJA (POL) – KROSS ORLEN CYCLING TEAM 01: 54: 3

3 SOSNA, KATAZINA (LIT) – TORPADO-SÜDTIROL MTB PRO 02:01:50

4 LUND, LOUISE 1 – FOPEN NO CLUB 02:03:53 .
5 FIGUERAS, MERITXELL – F-ELI MMR FACTORY RACING TEAM 02:05:11

6 BILLOUIN, SOLENNE – F-ELI SCO ANGERS CYCLING 02:06:00

7 FASOLIS, CONSTANCE – F-ELI RDR ITALIA FACTORY 02:07:04

THE STAGES

01/04 38 km | 800 mt. D +

02/04 58 km | 1.500 mt. D +

03/04 60 km | 1.600 mt. D +

04/04 38 km | 1.000 mt. D +

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