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Marin and Eiter win third stage of World Cup Lead in Chamonix


Garcia Eduard Marin from Spain and Angela Eiter from Austria have won the third stage of the Climbing World Cup Lead took place in Chamonix, France, on Thursday 13 July.

World Cup Lead 2006

Despite intermittent rain the third stage of the Climbing World Cup Lead took place in Chamonix, France, on Thursday 13 July. 21 year old Garcia Eduard Marin from Spain won his first ever World Cup competition, while Angela Eiter from Austria won her third World Cup comp in a row, immediately putting behind her the European Championship hiccough in Yekaterinburg.

The biggest surprise of all however was David Lama's (understandable) faux pax: the great and extremely young leader of the World Cup and freshly crowned European Champion failed to place higher than 9th overall. This stop to his winning run did little to the current leader board however, as closest rival and defending champion Flavio Crespi from Italy failed to capitalise, placing a disappointing 7th after a perfect qualification and semifinal.

The men's event was also marked by a "Spanish double" with second place finally going, after a rather opaque start to the season, to Patxi Usobiaga. Third place went to Cedric Lachat from Switzerland who confirmed his outstanding form and European Championship silver. Emerging star Caroline Ciavaldini lived up to French hopes to place second for the second time this season (Puurs) and in doing so overtook teammate Sandrine Levet (only 7th in Chamonix) in the provisional 2006 ranking.

Natalia Gros from Slovenia produced her best performance this season and placed 3rd, beating Barbara Bacher from Austrian and European Champion Charlotte Durif. Maja Vidmar from Slovenia, the above mentioned Sandrine Levet and Muriel Sarkany from Belgium completed the finishing line up. It now seems as if something is slowly changing at the top in the women’s cup: Ciavaldini, Durif, Gros and Vidmar are always up there, ready to pounce on Eiter's slightest mistake...

Positive news in the men's event came from Jorg Verhoeven from Holland (4th), the ever present Tomás Mrázek (5th) and 6th placed Ramón Julián Puigblanque from Spain who, like Usobiaga, had climbed somewhat under par until now. A special mention must go to Klemen Becan from Slovenia who had placed 5th in the European Championship and who now placed 8th, and to "veteran" Christian Bindhammer who placed 10th in France.

While Eiter consolidated her lead in the women's World Cup, the men's is somewhat more open. Flavio Crespi maintains second place, 34 points behind David Lama. But the 2006 season is a long one and everything has yet to be decided. David Lama, and others, permitting...

The fourth stage of the World Cup Lead 2006 is scheduled for 29/30 July at Qinghai Province (CHN).

Results men - Chamonix (FRA)
1. Marin Garcia Eduard ESP
2. Usobiaga Patxi ESP
3. Lachat Cédric SUI
4. Verhoeven Jorg NED
5. Mrazek Tomas CZE
6. Puigblanque Ram—njuli‡n ESP
7. Crespi Flavio ITA
8. Becan Klemen SLO
9. Lama David AUT
10. Bindhammer Christian GER
11. McColl Sean CAN
12. Dugit Fabien FRA
13. Terentiev Serguei RUS
14. Winkler Daniel SUI
15. Mogaki Keita JPN
16. Romain Manuel FRA
17. Desgranges Romain FRA
18. Midtboe Magnus NOR
19. Lopez Emmanuel FRA
19. Schmid Thomas SUI
21. Millet Sylvain FRA
Full results

Results women - Chamonix (FRA)
1. Eiter Angela AUT
2. Ciavaldini Caroline FRA
3. Gros Natalija SLO
4. Bacher Barbara AUT
5. Durif Charlotte FRA
6. Vidmar Maja SLO
7. Levet Sandrine FRA
8. Sarkany Muriel BEL
9. Minoret Chloé FRA
10. Harrington Emily USA
11. Shalagina Olha UKR
12. Malamid Evgenia RUS
13. Kobayashi Yuka JPN
13. Pinet Florence FRA
15. Ociepka Kinga POL
16. Conan Fanny FRA
17. Rajfova Silva CZE
18. Kim Ja-In KOR
19. Graftiaux Chloé BEL
20. Lavarda Jenny ITA
21. Caprez Nina SUI
Full results
World Cup Lead 2006 Chamonix

World Cup Lead 2006

3rd stage
Chamonix (BEL)
12-13 July

World Cup Lead 2006 Chamonix
World Cup Lead 2006 Chamonix
World Cup Lead 2006 Chamonix
World Cup Lead 2006 Chamonix

top left: Angela Eiter
top: Garcia Eduard Marin, Muriel Sarkany, moments of the third stage of the World Cup Lead 2006, Chamonix:
Photos Giulio Malfer

Portfolio G. Malfer
Lead 2006
1. Puurs
2. Dresden
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