The start of the season turned out to be difficult for Cannondale Factory Racing. For Val di Sole things change. Manuel Fumic is back with the team after his shoulder injury, even though he is not racing yet. Marco Aurelio Fontana worked hard to perform well on home soil, and Keegan Swenson overcame his sickness from the last weeks and feels really well on the steep and physically demanding course. Anton Cooper will sit out this round of the World Cup as well to be able to prepare for the 2nd half of the season.