Italian Eva Lechner has earned national championship victories on the road, on cyclocross bikes and on cross-country mountain bikes. She bagged the U23 XC European title in 2007, and represented that country in the Olympics. For Val di Sole, Lechner will be on her favorite race bike: Orbea's Alma, a sleek carbon hardtail that has earned a string of World Cup victories that any bike maker would enve. Val di Sole's moderately technical course and wide-open climbs suggest that lap times will be lighting fast, and the winner will be the one who can pin her cardio-vascular system to the limit from tape to tape. Lechner's cyclocross experience bears witness to her capacity for just that.
Shimano Di2 XTR electronic shifting, 11 x 46 cassette.