Ski Mountaineering World Cup 2017 / Laetitia Roux, Matteo Eydallin and Robert Antonioli win in Turkey
The third stage of the ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup 2017 took place at Erzincan in Turkey last weekend. Saturday’s Individual race was won by France’s Laetitia Roux and Italy’s Matteo Eydallin, while Sunday’s Vertical race was won by Roux and Italy’s Robert Antonioli.
The 2017 Ski Mountaineering World Cup circuit travelled last weekend, away from the traditional slopes in the Alps, Pyrenees and Scandinavia, all the way to Erzincan in Turkey. The Individual race took place on and, despite poor conditions, offered a 1700m vertical gain past seven difficult ascents and descents.
The men's competition was won by Matteo Eydallin who narrowly beat Michele Boscacci in the sprint to the finishing line, while France’s William Bon Mardion placed third. The women's competition covered 1400m vertical gain and was won as usual by Laetitia Roux who beat her teammate Axelle Mollaret and Spain’s Claudia Galicia Cotrina, second and third respectively.
The Sprint race took place on Sunday morning, and this was marked by a historic triple for Italy thanks to Robert Antonioli, Michele Boscacci and Nadir Maguet who won gold, silver and bronze respectively. Roux proved unbeatable in the women’s competition and claimed gold once again, ahead of her Spanish rivals Claudia Galicia Cotrina and Marta Garcia Farres.
The next appointment with the international ski mountaineering circuit is from 23 February 2 to March, with Ski Mountaineering World Championship at Alpago - Piancavallo in Italy.