Red Hook Crit Milan No.8 Recap and Championship Series Results
| Author: R* Q
This past Saturday the streets of Bovisa, Milan were packed with thousands of fans along the course, neighborhood balconies, roofs and walls to watch the action-packed racing season finale of this year’s Red Hook Crit Championship Series.
Each and every Red Hook Crit race is packed with surprises and Milano No.8 was no different – featuring two first-time winners in their early twenties, both making their RHC debuts. Congratulations go out to Maria Sperotto of Italy and Ivan Cortina of Spain, for seizing 1st place in the women’s and men’s fields respectively.
In the women’s race, Eléonore Saraiva came into the competition as the series leader followed by Raphaele Lemieux and Ash Duban. Saraiva had her eyes on valuable series points, battling out Lemieux to the first lap prime by a mere half-wheel. As the race approached the mid-race prime, the speed seemed to lift. Sperotto, who had been sitting third or fourth wheel for most of the race made her presence felt by taking the mid-race prime.
Sperotto held off big efforts from Keira Mcvitty and Carla Nafría. She was first to the last corner and in the final sprint accelerated away from Lemieux to the finish line. Saraiva’s 5th place finish allowed her to capture the women’s series championship.
In the men’s field, Alessandro Mariani took the highly contested first lap prime with Cortina in close pursuit. In the 2nd lap, Cortina and Mariani attacked to break away, which would ultimately win Cortina the Rockstar Games Award for Top Antagonist for clocking the fastest lap time of the race (excluding the final lap). Team Specialized-Rocket Espresso, stacked with Aldo Ino Ilesic, Alec Briggs, Stefan Schaefer and Eamon Lucas were the first to respond putting all four on the front of the race and in pursuit of Mariani and Cortina, who were building their gap on the field. By the mid-race prime, the gap over Specialized-Rocket Espresso and other RHC favorites like Colin Strickland had grown to 20 seconds.
In the final lap, Cortina went pedal down on the back side of the course to put enough of a gap between himself and Mariani to cross the finish line with arms in the air. Italian Davide Vigano maintained his position at the top of the series standings to take the championship, with a strong 4th place finish.
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