La Thuile (Aosta) – Half a day and a half later, when the lunch table starts at home, today at the Aosta Valley Open 31 women and 24 junior girls had very different thoughts in their heads. For them it was time X a La Thuile BTTthe fourth and final appointment with the 2022 edition of International Series of Italyafter those already running in San Zeno di Montagna, Nalles and Capoliveri.
The juniors thought about opening the dance at 10:30, and after two hours it was the turn of all the women, who started in two blocks. On the grid were American Haley Batten of Specialized Racing, Canadian Emily Batty (Canyon) but also world champion Evie Richards. The Briton who was on the other side of the Alps, in Morzine, came to Italy to take part in her first race since she decided to stop due to a back pain that did not give her respite from the start. of the season. Martina Berta was also in the fight, returning in the races after Capoliveri’s bad injury.
Park City 23-year-old American Haley Batten, who returned to Specialized Racing this year after spending a year in England while racing the Trinity Factory, set fire to the dust.
During the first round he overtook his opponents, spending twenty seconds ahead of the trio of Martina Berta, world champion Evie Richards and Giada Specia. The British in the course of the first royal round begins to lose ground, while Martina Berta begins her recovery in Batten with Giada Specia very close, ready to take advantage of the slightest mistake of the two films.
During the third lap, Santa Cruz FSA athlete Berta decided to pick up the pace, set the arrow and advanced to Batten, closing the session with a twenty-second lead not over the Yankee who finished third but over Giada Species of Belluno. Within a minute, Seiwald was trying to catch up with rivals, who have been more detached along with Marchet and Richards. In the middle of the race it was still missing, everything could happen considering the technicality of the track, the duration (everyone knew that this BTT of La Thuile would last more than an hour and a half) and the altitude.
In front of him nothing has changed Martina Berta (Santa Cruz FSA) who deservedly went on to win this La Thuile BTT in his Aosta Valley, after being out of competition for two months. Her final time was 1 hour 36 minutes and 2 seconds, behind her she finished Special Jade (Wilier Pirelli). The distance between the two was 32 seconds.
“It’s been a difficult and demanding two months, I don’t know if I would have ridden the bike again as I liked,” he told us. Martina at the end of the race – Thursday it cost me the route but luckily yesterday I unlocked myself, at that moment I realized it could have been the turning point. Today I had the confirmation, I am very happy because it has been a physical path that has distressed my back. On the last lap I was tired but in the end everything went well. “
“We had a good pace from the start, then Martina took the lead and today has been very strong. – says Giada – I tried to contain the gap but going down was much stronger than me ».
Behind the fourth place was a heated battle, the Marchet managed to catch the Batten while behind them approached the Richards who in the sixth and final lap thus advancing to the third step of the podium. Fourth was the American, fifth was Giada Specia from Belun.
HOW IS RICHARDS
“It went well,” says world champion Evie Richards, “I didn’t expect this kind of result, as it was the first race after the break due to back problems. I felt really good during the race and I felt really strong especially in the final stages. I am still working to improve my condition, I am doing a lot of back rehabilitation with a lot of exercises even without the bike.
It’s been the first race this year without too much back pain, so let’s go in the right direction. I’m glad I found the condition, now I can go full throttle. I really like the track, I come back every year because it’s very technical and I think so the track of La Thuile has all the characteristics to become a test of the World-wide one“.
ARRIVAL ORDER WOMEN OPEN
1 BERTA Martina | SANTA CRUZ FSA MTB PRO TEAM ITA F DE 1: 36: 02.35
2 SPECIAL Jade | WILIER-PIRELLI FACTORY TEAM XCO ITA F DU +32.65
3 RICHARDS Evie | TREK FACTORY RACING GBR F OF +50.20
4 BATTEN Haley | SPECIALIZED FACTORY RACING USA F DE +1: 13.10
5 MARCHET Giorgia | TRINX FACTORY TEAM ITA F OF +1: 31.90
6 SEIWALD Greta | SANTA CRUZ FSA MTB PRO TEAM ITA F OF +2: 37.65
7 BATTY Emily | CANYON MTB RACING CAN F DE +3: 47.70
8 LECHNER Eva | TRINX FACTORY TEAM ITA F OF +6: 46.80
9 TEOCCHI Chiara | TRINITY RACING ITA F OF +7: 37.50
LAST 10 Annie | SCOTT RACING UK GBR F OF +7: 58.15
Complete classification: Link
AMONG THE JUNIORS, THE AUSTRIA AMBACADER LAW, THIRD LUCREZIA BRAIDA
“Today has been a very tough race – he told us Lucrezia Braida (Team Rudy Project) third overall (+2 ’20’ ‘) – at first I tried to manage the four laps which were many, considering the route but especially the altitude. He was afraid of not being able to get to the end. On the second lap I was in front along with the Austrian Katrin Embacher and the Ukrainian Mariia Sukhopalova, then on the third lap I continued at my own pace as the two untied me. “
In the end, he swept the Embacher with the final time of 1 hour 8 minutes and 50 seconds, Sukohpalova clearly parted and crossed the line after just under two minutes. Fourth Beatrice Fontana author of a very regular race, fifth the Ligurian Marika Celestino.
Al Valtellinese Valentina Corvi Sixth place (Trinx Factory) is enough to win this 2022 edition of the Internazionali d’Italia Series.
JUNIOR WOMEN’S ARRIVAL ORDER
1 EMBACADOR Katrin | AUSTRIAN NATIONAL TEAM AUT 1: 08: 50.20
2 SUKHOPALOVA Mariia | CARBONHUBO CMQ | UKR +1: 54.85
3 BRAIDA Lucrezia | RUDY TEAM PROJECT +2: 20.75
4 FONT Beatriu | RUDY TEAM PROJECT +3: 03.35
5 CELESTINA Marika | SCOTT – LIBARNA RACING TEAM ASD +3: 41.85
6 CORVI Valentina | TRINX FACTORY TEAM +4: 30.60
7 GIANNOTTI Giorgia | VALLERBIKE +5: 58.90
8 FEURSTEIN Lisa | AUSTRIA SELECTION +6: 00.95
9 CANO ESPINOSA Marta | PRIMAFLOR MONDRAKER GENUINS | ESP +6: 56.40
10 DEMICHELIS Greta | ROC ‘TORRE ASD TEAM +9: 05.30 h
Complete classification: Link