UNDER-23 XCO WORLD CHAMPION
At Les Gets what many hoped for, but did not have the courage to say in public, has happened. “Yes. “Simone Avondetto has all the credentials to become XCO Under-23 World Champion”
The anticipation was spasmodic, especially in the Wilier – Pirelli team, despite the fact that the list of participants at this global event included athletes who were verging on unbeatable: partly because of the results obtained during the World Cup, and partly because they had trained extensively on the French circuit in order to know its most technical sections to perfection.
Nevertheless, at the start of the second-to-last lap, Simone sensed the clear slowdown of the outrider and great favourite of the race: the Chilean Vidaurre. He quickly closed the gap and immediately imposed a more severe rhythm, which exhausted the leaders and allowed him to cover the three kilometres and three hundred metres of the last lap in complete solitude, as all champions in their moment of grace.
Simone Avondetto, for his part, happily shows off the gold medal.
“I didn’t think it would end like that. At the start, it was very hard to get ahead and equally hard trying to keep up the pace of Vidaurre, who didn’t seem to feel the fatigue. I lost a bit of ground in the first part of the race, but I tried to remain calm and rational. Then I saw him give up a little and I moved up again. When I forced the tempo he didn’t respond to the change of pace and so I found myself alone. Truly blissful solitude”.