Race day started out pretty grey, cold and windy. Riders were looking nervous, wondering what to expect, worrying about tyre choice and how many layers to take. Riders start off from the town and pedal off into the clouds, they’re kept motivated by Enrico Guala’s voice echoing across the region.
The weather improved throughout the day, and by the afternoon the sun had come out which encouraged the fans to get out on the side of the hill. This meant the trail conditions were changing constantly, from soaking wet first thing in the morning, to patches of dust in the afternoon. This played havoc with tyre choices, riders are allowed to change their tyres at the time check in the middle of the day. Most people stuck with this same tyres all day, some went for dry tyres and struggled in the morning, and others went the other way, with mud spikes.
The changing conditions made for an extremely exciting race, crashes, mechanicals and wild riding. The race was won by Matteo Raimondi and Alia Marcellini in the women's. The saw a lot of jumping around in the positions, it was the mistakes, crashes and mechanicals that decided the race.
Tyre choice, The Lupato brothers opted to run dry tyres all day which was costly in the morning but then in the afternoon they came into their own and Denny even won the final stage. Marco Millivinti on the other hand, he ran mud tyres which were great in the morning, but for the afternoon they were awful.
Due to the cancelled stage, PS3 now became the first stage of the day and was also raced twice.
The Lupato brothers rode with the wrong tyres on in the morning but remained in high spirits.
Alia and Matteo were stoked to take the win here.