Kilian Jornet Burgada and Laetitia Roux win at Les Diablerets
On Saturday 1 March at Les Diablerets, Switzerland Kilian Jornet Burgada and Laetitia Roux won the fourth stage of the Scarpa ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup. Sunday's Vertical Race was won by Jornet Burgada and Roux, while the overall Vertical Race World Cup 2014 was won by Damiano Lenzi and Roux.
At Les Diablerets on Saturday morning the fourth trial of the Scarpa ISMF World Cup Circuit took place. The light snowfall overnight did not prevent the organizers from holding the race along a route very similar to the original, with six climbs and six downhill runs for a overall altitude gain of about 1,850 metres. The Senior women and the Espoir and Junior categories faced an altitude gain of about 1,653 metres while the Junior girls' category had to follow a route of 1,132 metres of overall altitude gain.
At exactly 9 am the first to set off were the Seniors with Kilian Jornet Burgada, Matthew Eydallin, Damiano Lenzi, Anton Palzer, Alexis Sevennec and Marc Pinsach Rubiola. Five minutes after the men's start the youth categories set off along with the Senior women.
Jornet Burgada was in great shape and immediately took command of the race, half way up the second slope, approximately thirty seconds behind, the Italian Damiano Lenzi closed in on him, and close behind Lenzi was William Bon Mardion keeping the situation under control. Just behind him a group composed by Anton Palzer, Manfred Reichegger, Martin Anthamatten and Marc Pinsach Rubiola followed.
The Spaniard continued on his way without any snags, on his tail was the Frenchman William Bon Bardion who on the fourth descent had overtaken Damiano Lenzi. Lenzi in his attempted comeback on the Frenchman hit a tree disastrously. Fortunately there were no consequences for the Italian, but the gap to regain the second position had become unbridgeable.
Jornet Burgada crossed the finishing line with a time of 1:57'09, while William Bon Mardion crossed the finishing line confirming second position with a 57" second delay. Damiano Lenzi climbed onto the third step of the podium with 01:59'17". Winning the Espoir category and winning the World Cup speciality, the German Anton Palzer crossed the finishing line in fourth place. Alexis Sevennec was fifth. In the Espoir category after Palzer, Nadir Maguet and Iwan Arnold arrived.
In the women's event Laetitia Roux took off immediately, followed by the Swiss woman Maude Mathys and by the Swede Emelie Forsberg. Just a few seconds behind the Swede was Sophie Dusautoir of Andorra and the very young Axelle Mollaret contending the grand victory of the World Cup in the Espoir category. Roux tackled the last curve in complete solitude encouraged by the large crowd present in the arrivals area, finishing in 2:12'56". The Swiss woman Mathys collected yet another second place in front of the surprisimg Emelie Forsberg. The Swede crossed the finishing line with 2:20'47".
In the Espoir category there was yet another victory for the French girl Axelle Mollaret in front of the Swiss Jennifer Fiechter. Third place went to the Italian Alessandra Cazzanelli. The Junior event was won by Federico Nicolini and Alba De Silvestro.
After Saturday's Individual race, Sunday morning it was time for the Vertical Race. The men's event was won once again by Kilian Jornet Burgada, ahead of Lorenzo Holzknecht (2) and Manfred Reichegger (3) while Laetitia Roux won the women's competition ahead of the two Swisswomen Maude Mathys and Victoria Kreuzer, 2nd and 3rd respectively. The Vertical Race awarded the last World Cup points and 2014 World Cup was won therefore by Damiano Lenzi ahead of Matheo Jacquemoud and Kilian Jornet. In the women's event Laetitia Roux took gold, while Maude Mathys took silver and Sophie Dusautoir Bertrand bronze.
The Junior category of the Vertical Race World Cup 2014 was won by the Italians Federico Nicolini and Alba De Silvestro, ahead of Spain's Oriol Cardona Coll and Italy's Giulia Compagnoni (silver) and Switzerlands Rémi Bonnet and Sophie Mollard (bronze). The Espoir category was won by Anton Palzer and Axelle Mollaret, ahead of Nadir Maguet and Jennifer Fiechter (silver) and Léo Viret and Marta Garcia Farres (bronze).
With the Swiss stage over, the next appointment with the Scarpa ISMF World Cup Circuit will be in Norway with the Blatind Artic Race finals on 12 and 13 of April in Tromso.
SCARPA ISMF SKI MOUNTAINEERING WORLD CUP 2014
Individual Race - Les Diablerets
1 Kilian Jornet Burgada Spain 01:57:09
2 William Bon Mardion France 01:58:06
3 Damiano Lenzi Italy 01:59:17
4 Anton Palzer Germany 01:59:58
5 Alexis Sevennec France 02:00:29
6 Martin Anthamatten Switzerland 02:01:06
7 Manfred Reichegger Italy 02:01:06
8 Marc Pinsach Rubirola Spain 02:01:19
9 Matheo Jacquemoud France 02:01:27
10 Robert Antonioli Italy 02:02:20
1 Laetitia Roux France 02:12:56
2 Maude Mathys Switzerland 02:16:17
3 Emelie Forsberg Sweden 02:20:47
4 Sophie Dusautoir Bertrand Andorra 02:21:19
5 Axelle Mollaret France 02:21:32
6 Jennifer Fiechter Switzerland 02:22:51
7 Valentine Fabre France 02:26:50
8 Marta Riba Carlos Spain 02:28:31
9 Emilie Gex-Fabry Switzerland 02:29:30
10 Marion Maneglia France 02:31:07