Team Bianchi Countervail went close to a top-3 placement twice at the Aprutium Race, Internazionali d'Italia Series’ round 3 in Pineto (Italy) on Sunday, June 10th. Both Elite Man Nadir Colledani and Under 23 Woman Chiara Teocchi rode their Methanol CV to the fourth position, delivering good performances in a very hot day on a demanding course.
Colledani was fourth in the Men’s Open race started at 2.30 pm under a blazing sun, but vibrant from the early strokes of pedals. Back from a recovery period due to physical problems, the 23-year-old rider from San Daniele del Friuli (Italy) was in the spotlight in the central part of the race, fighting for the win until a few hundred meters to the finish. “I tried to test my condition and to study my rivals in the early race, then I rode in the front positions, second and third, and my top-3 chances only vanished late in the race. Anyway, I’m satisfied with my performance and confident in view of a July full of important events, including Italian Championships and World Cup rounds” Colledani commented.
Chiara Teocchi’s performance was affected by a crash in the rocky garden in the lap-1 and an ensuing mechanical problem. The Italian placed fourth after a good comeback. “I had a good start, I was leading the race after the launching gap, but I made a mistake in the rocky garden and I crashed, suffering a mechanical problem: for a whole lap I couldn’t change gears. I slipped down to twelfth, but then I recovered several positions finishing fourth. Against bad luck, there’s just so much you can do: stand it and try to rebound. I was preceded by three strong riders, so I can be happy with my results and the good feelings I had. July will be an important month, I aim for good displays in the World Cup and to keep the Under 23 Women’s Italian title: my rivals are certain to give me a hard time, and they are showing, , but I’m training to defend my tricolore jersey at best” Chiara said.
Bianchi supplies the team with two high-end carbon models with racing geometry: the revolutionary Methanol CV and Methanol 29.1 FS (full suspension).