Results: Internazionali D'Italia Series 2021 - Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race

Apr 10, 2021
by Ed Spratt  
Credits: Alice Russolo

The international XC race season continues with another stacked line up of World Cup riders at the third round of the Internazionali D'Italia series. In the Elite Men's race, Mathias Flückiger came out on top, with Nino Schurter coming across the line just four seconds back in second place.

For the Elite Women, Loana Lecomte took the top spot with a significant lead of nearly two minutes on current Elite World Champion Pauline Ferrand Prevot. Check out the full results below.


Open Men (6 Laps):

1st. Mathias Flückiger: 1:23:38
2nd. Nino Schurter: +4
3rd. Maxime Marotte: +11
4th. Ondrej Cink: +11
5th. Filippo Colombo: +28

Open Women (5 Laps):

1st. Loana Lecomte: 1:22:02
2nd. Pauline Ferrand Prevot: +1:44
3rd. Mona Mitterwallner: +2:05
4th. Sina Frei: +2:45
5th. Jolanda Neff: +3:15

Full Results:

Top 50 Open Men:

Top 50 Open Women:


  • 12 0
 Loana is going to shock the elite field this year.
  • 3 1
 Could happen exactly as you describe. However, I seem to recall that started out super hot at the beginning of last year too, before her performances normalized with the rest of the field. She was still very competitive for the rest of the season, but nothing like the domination she showed early. That's usually indicative of a rider's training schedule having a peak earlier in the year during smaller events, while the rest of the riders are still building form for the higher-profile events.
  • 3 0
 @Ginsu2000: She’s still only 21 (maybe 22?). It’s only a matter of time before she dominates I think.
  • 3 0
 @jclnv: Again, could happen exactly as you describe. However, some elite riders develop to their peak capabilities at different ages than others. For just one anecdotal example among many, Anton Cooper looked like already had top-10 pace when he was still in his teens, and a path toward being a top rider if not the top rider. He is still capable of top-10 pace, but his progression slowed way down. It seems most of his development was already complete by an early age.
  • 2 0
 @Ginsu2000: Yep you could be right but considering she’s already won a World Cup I’d say she’s going to do okay. Did you ever really think Cooper was going to be dominant? You can just see it with some can’t you?, like with Pidcock. He’s just going to be unstoppable sooner or later.
  • 4 0
 Maybe, maybe not. Form at these early season races can be misleading. Everybody is at a different spot in their training cycles. You don't know who is racing with heavy legs and who isn't. I do however, expect her to be one of the big contenders this year.
  • 1 0
 @jclnv: Do you think Pidcock will do mtb? I think he is very happy with the road bike. I hope he will be doing CX-mtb and road. Probably is the future or our sport, maybe the riders career could be shorter? I only know that amazing years are ahead. Mental training will be more important than ever.
  • 2 0
 @Vicenbici: I believe he’s doing a three or four in the run up to the Olympics this year.
  • 1 0
 @jclnv: It would be very cool if Pidcock continues to squeeze some MTB into his program over the years. I wonder if he's been given a bit of bait and switch from Ineos though, saying they will support his multi-disciplinary approach to get him in the fold but with intent to induce him to focus on road only? You are right, he does have superstar written all over him, but for a while in U19 and even U23 so did Cooper. You can try deny that now with the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, but that was certainly how it looked at the time. Until he encountered some issues and had to take some time off (illness? can't remember if it was ever fully explained) he was just as dominant as Pidcock for XCO, and looked like a shoe-in to contend for the top in Elite. Obviously Cooper is still an amazing rider in the grand scheme of things, but his progression hit a wall at a relatively young age, and that path toward the top seems to have disappeared.
  • 1 0
 @Ginsu2000: The story with Cooper is he has a crap immune system. He just gets sick enough that it is really hard to link together consistent training. When he does, he is one of best in the world but it has been difficult for him to do that.
  • 1 0
 @Ginsu2000: Pidcock is a different level. Almost to anyone but Evenepoel. He got 5th in Strade Bianche, 3rd at CX Worlds elite, destroyed everyone at XC U23 Worlds, made a mockery of everyone in the baby Giro.
  • 1 0
 @jclnv: I don't like people comparing them; they're different riders. Evenepoel is a road racer. Pidcock is still a multi discipline rider - and as such there is only one other rider mixing MTB, CX & Road....MvdP.
  • 1 0
 @Starch-Anton: I mentioned Evenepoel because, at some stage, he’s likely the only guy Pidcock will have to worry about in any discipline.
  • 7 0
 Congrats to Mathias. Such a rad racer.
  • 4 0
 Mona Mitterwallner is having a great start of the season as a 1st year U23.
  • 3 0
 240 riders in elite men!!!
  • 3 0
 Sina Frei 4th!
  • 1 0
 Cocorico as we say here ! ;-)
  • 1 0
 Loana Lecomte! Yaaaah!
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