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European Ski Mountaineering Championship, Vertical race 06/02/2016: Victoria Kreuzer
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European Ski Mountaineering Championship, Vertical race 06/02/2016: Kilian Jornet Burgada
Photo by ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup
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Victoria Kreuzer and Kilian Jornet Burgada win the Vertical Race European Championships

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At Les Marecottes in Switzerland the Vertical Race European Ski Mountaineering Championships were won by Victoria Kreuzer and Kilian Jornet Burgada.

At Les Marecottes in Switzerland the World Cup athletes barely had time to rest after Friday's Individual Race before having to compete in Saturday's Vertical Race.

The competition unwound across a 668m vertical gain, spread out over a only 3 km course. The race was won with an unstoppable display of power by the Spaniard Kilian Jornet Burgada who finished in 22'39". Second place went to the Swiss espoir talent Rémi Bonnet – 23'08" – and third place went to the other emerging talent – from Germany this time – Anton Palzer in 23'09". Robert Antonioli finished one place short of the podium ahead of Marti Werner, Michele Boscacci, Martin Anthamatten, Mathéo Jacquemoud, Alexis Sevennec and Lorenzo Holzknecht.

Victoria Kreuzer provided a complete upset in the women’s competition by crossing the finish line ahead of everyone else in 27'30". Such a staggering time allowed her to keep the bookmakers’ favourite, Laura Orgué, at bay. The Spaniard was slowed down by a lost ski and finished second in 27'34". Yesterday’s Individual Race European champion, Laetitia Roux, concluded her race in 27’43" and finished third.

The day’s top ten also included Jennifer Fiechter, Nahia Quincoces, Katia Tomatis, Marta Garcia, Ida Nilsson, Karmen Klancnik and Larisa Sobolewa.

The last competition and final medals up for grabs takes place today, the Sprint Race, which will unfold as usual with the qualifier, quarterfinals, semi finals and finals.

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