Junior woman Vittoria Casalegno will have to sit out the World Championship race in her home country next week after a road accident. The Italian racer from Piedmont suffered fractures and other injuries requiring surgery. Officials from her Giant Italia Team reported that an operation was completed, but have no word yet from her doctors on expectations for her recovery.
"Vittoria was on track to be in good physical condition after some earlier problems, and she was ready to take part to the World Championship," said Technical Manager Gianfranco Bechis. "Unfortunately this accident happened but we are sure that, thanks to her determination, she will be able to start mountain biking again soon. The Team will continue to support her."