Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå continues on her winning track

With one week to go to the first race of the Worldcup season in Australia, only one member of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM was competing this weekend. Norwegian Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå started as the defending champion at Montichiari’s Trofeo Delcar, the fourth and final race of the Internazionali d’Italia MTB racing series. And just like a year before she managed to win the race.

 

 

The men of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM all took a weekend off from racing due to next week’s Worldcup opener in Cairns, Australia. Fresh from a win at the third race of the Internazionali d’Italia MTB racing series in Nalles last weekend, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå chose to compete at the fourth and the final race of this series in Montichiari. There the rider currently placed in second in the World ranking faced some strong rivals such as Poland’s Maja Wloszczowska and Ukrainian Yana Belomoina.

 

Just like a week earlier in Nalles, Dahle Flesjå set a blisteringly fast pace right from the start. And while some of her strongest competitors got caught in the dense traffic on the first tough climb, the experienced Norwegian of the MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM managed to ride away from all others on the first of an overall of five laps. The only thing that changed for the remainder of the race was her advantage on her closest followers: Dahle Flesjå rode to an undisputed win in Montichiari, repeating last year’s win at this HC category race.

 

„I don’t feel all that fresh due to a tough training block that I’ve just done, but nevertheless I felt very good today. The legs were good and my shape is right where it should be. Therefore I’m very happy with this win“, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå commented after winning a second race in Italy within a week’s time. Unlike her MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM mates Ondrej Cink, Thomas Litscher and José Hermida, Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå has opted not to travel all the way to Australia for the Worldcup opener.

 

Internazionali d’Italia MTB, race 4: Trofeo Delcar, Montichiari/ITA

Result women:

1. Gunn-Rita Dahle Flesjå, NOR/MULTIVAN MERIDA BIKING TEAM, in 1:24.48 hours

2. Maja Wloszczowska, POL, + 1.16

3. Yana Belomoina, UKR, + 2.17