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Simone Avondetto is EUROPEAN ELITE MTB CHAMPION 2024

Simone Avondetto, after the amazing victories among the U23s, confirms the European title also among the Elite!

Simone Avondetto
Simone Avondetto

Great performance by the Piedmontese who took the lead on the second lap and never relinquished it despite today's prohibitive weather conditions. Fifth place for Greta Seiwald in the women's event.

Source: Federciclismo press release

Simonte Avondetto, 24 years old from Piedmont from Moncalieri, in his second year in the elite category, is the new European champion. He wins the title on a day characterized by cold and rain, which made today's races challenging and full of twists and turns.

In the final test of the event in Romania, Andreassen starts in the lead with Avondetto in the rear. On the third lap the Dane punctures and the Italian takes advantage of this to take a fifty-second lead which he maintains until the end, despite the fact that the ground conditions were prohibitive and full of pitfalls.

Great joy for coach Mirko Celestino who returns from the expedition to Romania with two European titles and two bronze medals: “It was a tough trip, due to the weather conditions, and an exciting one. It forced all the staff to do double work, but the boys were really good and gave us the greatest joy: bringing home two good victories and the awareness of having a group with great potential. I thank those who believed in this project. Now we look forward to the next events with confidence."

The elite podium sees, behind Avondetto, the Danish Andreassen, who reached the finish line with a 50" disadvantage, and the German Schelb, at 1'07".

“The weather really didn't forgive us today, it's been a while since we raced in such extreme conditions - Said Avondetto -. Andreassen started very strong and after his puncture I found myself with a small advantage. At that point I decided to keep pushing, even though the end was still a long way off. It went well and I'm very happy. I can't wait to wear this beautiful shirt again."

Simone Avondetto was born in Moncalieri, he races for the Wilier-Vittoria Factory Team Xco. This year he has already highlighted himself by winning the Marlene Südtirol Sunshine Race. For him, this is the second continental title of this expedition, having also participated in the Team Relay as the first competitor. Precisely on that occasion he had demonstrated excellent condition, recording the best lap time. In 2022 he had won the Italian, European and World U23 title in the same season.

“I am very happy for Simone who brought such an important jersey home to Wilier-Vittoria after those won in 2022 - said the general manager of Wilier-Vittoria, Marco Trentin -. We expected a good result after the convincing World Cup performances in Brazil and so it was. Now it's time to concentrate and work well for the next World Cup races but this victory gives us great morale."

ELITE RANKING OF THE 2024 EUROPEAN MTB CHAMPIONSHIPS

1AVONDETTO Simone ITA01:14:57
2ANDREASSEN Simon THE00:49
3SCHELB Julian GER01:06
4GRIOT Thomas FRA01:13
5BRANDL Maximilian GER01:45
6LIST David GER01:52
7AZZARO Mathis FRA02:04
8COLUMBUS Philip SUI02:10
9ALDRIDGE Charlie GBR02:12
10KAISER Leon Reinhard GER02:21
COMPLETE RANKING


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[email protected] I am a fan of everything that has 2 wheels: at a young age I practiced road and track cycling (Italian Allievi champion). At the age of 18 I passed into the cross country competing at national/international level as an Under23. Past Elite, I made the choice to take things more lightly from a training point of view, and my love for gravity disciplines was born, training me as an FCI MTB instructor and guide. Now I have made passion my profession by managing 2 MTB centers on the island of Elba (Bike Center Elba and Elba MTB), creating the FANTAmtb and telling in an ironic but professional way everything that revolves around MTB thanks to 365mountainbike and 365TV (YouTube'PULITI dentro BIKER fuori').

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