Two time Olympic MTB champion Paola Pezzo will race in this Saturday's Primavera Rosa, the third round of the women's World Cup. It will be her first race since the MTB World's in Les Gets last September, but one that she is looking forward to. "I reflected for a long time before deciding, but the desire to ride is still very strong and I don't see myself letting it go: I will return to racing," she announced.
"In the last few months I have trained with the same enthusiasm I had when I started, but I know that on Saturday that I will not be able to contest the victory. I want to return to the top on familiar terrain: the off-road races of the Marathon World Cup. La Primavera Rosa will therefore be aimed at perfecting my preparation. Starting this year, the Marathon MTB has been introduced to the official UCI calendar, and boasts a complete program that includes 10 rounds of the World Cup and a World Championship. These will be my real objectives."
Pezzo rides for Specialized off-road, but for her road debut on Saturday she will line up in Saccarelli colours.