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S. Paolo d’Argon (Italy), Sunday 16 July 2023 – WES Lombardy Round presented by Fassi witnessed another sunny day for Race 2, accompanied by scattered clouds that adorned the landscape. As the race unfolded, electrifying performances and intense battles captivated the scenario of a new 2023 UCI E-MTB XC World Cup battle.
WES Lombardy Round Race 2 Fassi Holeshot
Sofia Wiedenroth (Specialized) and Jérôme Gilloux (Lapierre Overvolt) were the Raspini Pole Position winners and also took the lead in the first corner, securing the Fassi Holeshot for second day in a row. The Fassi awards were presented by MotoGP legend Dani Pedrosa, who made his return to series as a Fassi ambassador.
Sofia Wiedenroth (Specialized) and Jérôme Gilloux (Lapierre Overvolt)
In the Men’s Gilloux was first overtaken by Ryf on lap two, then took back the lead and maintained it for several laps, but he faced fierce competition from Swiss Joris Ryf (Specialized), who remained in close pursuit his relentless efforts paid off as he overtook the French Champ on the last lap, clinching the victory in Race 2.
Joris Ryf (Specialized)
Ryf’s triumph prevented “The Specialist” from having a perfect weekend as Lapierre Overvolt’s rider had already dominated both Qualiraces, claimed both Holeshots and the win in the Saturday Race.
Théo Charmes (Team AOTL) finished in third, followed closely by Robert Williams (Haibike), who secured the fourth position. Making a notable comeback to WES, Honduran rider Milton Ramos (Rockrider – Towcar) shined with an impressive fifth place.
Race 2 Men’s Podium
An incredible performance of Justine Tonso (Lapierre Overvolt), who struggled at the start and then managed to overtake her rivals lap by lap, taking a convincing victory. This result allowed her to overcome the setback of a puncture on Day 1 and extends her lead in the overall standings over Swiss Nicole Göldi (Trek Bosch – DNS this weekend).
Justine Tonso (Lapierre Overvolt)
Nathalie Schneitter (Trek-Bosch) crossed the finish line as second just three seconds ahead of the German Wiedenroth, who was initially leading the race. Italian Anna Oberparleiter (RH Racing) was fourth ahead of debuting Dutch Anne Terpstra (Ghost Factory Racing) in fifth.
Race 2 Women’s Podium
The third Magneti Marelli Checkstar Power Lap Award of the season went to Tonso and Gilloux and the awards were presented by Moto3 RedBull KTM rider Filippo Farioli.
Jérôme Gilloux and Justine Tonso (Lapierre Overvolt)
With the successful conclusion of another UCI E-MTB XC World Cup weekend, the event served as preparation for the riders qualified for the upcoming UCI World Championships next Wednesday, 9th August, in Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Then, WES action will resume on August 29-30 in Belgium, followed by a challenging back-to-back racing in Germany on September 2-3.