Saalfelden – Leogang: Sunday, June 12 very intense and did not give a moment of respite that has passed this morning in Leogang, the racing program of the fourth stage of the XCO Mountain Bike World Cup it is very tight. The girls under 23 were the first to open the dances at 8:30 am and were the first to step on the ground, then at 10:15 93 boys joined, seven of whom went up to Austria from d ‘Italy.
Compared to previous days, the ground conditions on the Leogang route have changed. The surface is compact all over the lower part of the track but as the athletes reported between yesterday’s tests and the first morning races in the woods a wetter condition is maintained with a pulp covering the roots, as the sun has not entered the forest. forest, the surfaces have remained those of the last days.
It is suitable for climbers and light riders who are very good technically, one of the most demanding in the World Cup, it starts with a very long climb that leads to the forest where the technical part is with the roots, then to the Mercedes. The Benz Riders Playground has something for cycling. In the middle is an asphalt pump track then the second climb begins. There are no rock gardens.
All eyes were on the grill on Chilean Martin Vidaurre Kossmann, Chilean father, German mother, German Lexware MTB team who will surely not see him again next year.
He is courted by all the top teams, world champion and winner of the CDM 2021, the South American has started this 2022 with one blow, from Petropolis he has never dropped from the highest step of the podium. Today the Italians were so committed to the desire for redemption of Simone Avondetto (Wilier – Pirelli) that, not satisfied with his positions in Petropolis and Albstadt, already in Nove Mesto (second) had returned to the level to which we had become accustomed in the past. The other driver who has been taken into account after the Pergine race (two minutes per second) was a “Pippo” Fontana (CS Carabinieri – Olympia – Vittoria) who was given in good condition.
We were not mistaken in indicating these three names, after the launch lap concluded with the number 1 Vidaurre at the head but with the group at the wheel, when the race entered the lap he immediately faced the long initial climb, which make immediate selection. .
There are only three left, the Chilean and our two boys, the Piedmontese Avondetto and the Venetian Fontana. The Swiss Luca Schätti and the French Mathis Guay followed closely. Until the end of the third lap nothing has changed in the first four positions, the only change was in the fifth position where at that time had risen the Swiss Janis Baumann, Avondetto’s teammate.
The turning point came on the penultimate lap when Martin Vidaurre Kossmann he opened the accelerator changing pace and putting in difficulty both Avondetto and Fontana, who could no longer hold the wheel of the Chilean.
At the sound of the bell they crossed the finish line together and while Kossmann won in 1 hour 6 minutes and 54 seconds, the two Italians played for second place in the final round. He did it Simone Avondetto who for the second time in a row climbed to the second step of the podium, his distance from the South American was 19 seconds. “I’m very happy. We fought for it until the penultimate round when Martin showed he had more than us, then I managed to finish second after a good duel with Filippo.”
However Filippo Fontana excited about his third place, the first podium in the World Cup, he told us “It was a perfect race, I started well, as I managed to get into the top positions on the launch lap. Then we were three, our pace was high but not very high. With what I had on my legs that didn’t allow for a sudden change of pace, I tried a couple of times to make a difference on the harder climb. In the end I went down while Vidaurre cut us off. “
1. VIDAURRE KOSSMANN Martin (LEXWARE MOUNTAINBIKE TEAM) 1:06:54
2. AVONDETTO Simone (WILIER – PIRELLI FACTORY TEAM XCO) +19
3. FONT Filippo (CS CARABINIERI – OLYMPIA VICTORY CYCLES) +34
4. SCHÄTTI Luca (BIKE TEAM SOLOTHURN) +1: 29
5. BAUMANN Janis (WILIER – PIRELLI FACTORY TEAM XCO) +1: 48
6. WOODS Carter (NORCO FACTORY TEAM) +1: 54
7. CAMPOS MOTOS David Domingo (BH TEMPLO CAFÉS UCC) +1: 56
8. WALTER Simon (SWITZERLAND) +2: 17
9. BAIR Mario (TREK | VAUDE) +2: 20
10. GUAY Mathis (KTM VICTORY TEAM) +2: 24
40. SØLVHØJ Oliver (TORPADO URSUS) +6: 33
50. AGOSTINACCHIO Filippo (TRINX FACTORY TEAM) +7: 50
53. SIFFREDI Matteo (SCOTT RACING TEAM) +8: 13
55. DESHE Yotam (TORPADO FACTORY TEAM) +8: 45
62. CABRA Manuel (TORPADO URSUS) +9: 30
65. ROTA Luciano (GITO SQUADRA CORSE) +9: 42
88. PECIS Michael (KTM PROTEK ELETTROSYSTEM) 2 turns