145 athletes set off rom the start in Valle Aurina

The race was open to various categories, both male and female for the World Cup with Senior, Espoir and Junior. Most famous amongst these from the world of ski mountaineering were perhaps Kilian Jornet Burgada, William Bon Mardion and the local hero, Manfred Reichegger, whilst the female presence was highlighted by the presence of Laetitia Roux, Maude Mathys and Gloriana Pellissier. Although the race track started out quite gently starting out from 1445m, it soon rose over the following 3km to 1960m above sea level, the final 700m levelling out a bit before the arrival at a height of 2020m

The Race

Kilian Jornet Burgada headed out into the lead from the start, this was challenged first by the Italian Lorenzo Holznecht, halfway through the race and subsequestly by William Bon Mardion and Mateo Jacquemoud of France. Jacquemoud, overtook his team mate to take second place on the podium 7.2 seconds behind the winner, in front of Bon Mardion(+18.8) whilst Kilian held on to his first place arriving with a winning time of 31’45. In the end Holznecht(Italy) came in fourth (+30.1) with his team mate Michele Boscacci, Italian Vertical Champion coming in 5th. Unfortunately local boy, Reichegger only managed to come in 8th (+57.9) only just a step behind another Italian team mate Robert Antonioli (+57.7). Although the italians may be disappointed by a lack of racers in the first 3 places they still managed to pull off 5 places within the top ten.

Laetitia Roux of France and Maude Mathys, Switzerland seemed to be evenly matched at the beginning, but in the second half Roux managed to pull away on the steeper part of the ascent to gain a convincing win in 38’49.7, with Mathys coming in second (39’26.3) . Gloriana Pellissier, Italy came in to take third place in this first ISMF Scarpa World Cup of the season, despite having suffered with a stitch, that nearly put her postion in jeopardy.

Kilian Jornet Burgada: «This morning I was feeling pretty good, in fact I feel quite surprised at how good, as I’ve been doing a lot of training and wondered whether I may have overdone it. For the first few minutes I was behind William Bon Mardian, then I decided to force the rhythm a bit and push away from the group. The first World Cup Race of the season has been organised really well, we were also lucky with the weather and the fact the the temperatures were not too low».

Laetitia Roux: «I feel in good form and feel really satisfied with this victory, even though my main objective is to take the title tomorrow morning in the Individual race. I managed to get out front almost straight away and held to this postion throughout the race».

In the women race Laetitia Roux completed her comeback over Jennifer Fiechter. After several seasons the Valtellina Orobie is back among the great worldwide ski mountaineering events as second appointment of the 2016 ISMF World Cup. The 30th edition featured an unusual start and finish to be crossed on foot. The athletes of the individual event have had to prove their worth on a track with 1750 m of positive altitude difference, 5 uphill stretches, 5 slopes, 11 set-up changes, open ridges and spectacular downhill chase-downs. The little snow that fell so far this winter had made these parts all the more athletically challenging. On his home mountains Michele Boscacci has attempted since the very start to win the race; he lived the dream and gave hope to his fans for three quarters of the race, before Kilian Jornet caught up and got the better of him. After a spectacular head-to-head, the two came together at the finish line in Campelli, a few kilometres from Albosaggia. The winner was declared by photo finish and then using the chip. Jornet finished the race in 1h, 35’28”609, Boscacci in 1h 35’28”690. Anton Palzer, the first among the Espoir, came third in 1h 35’56”, followed by a steadily and progressively growing Robert Antonioli. The top ten also included Xavier Gachet (FRA), Valentin Favre (FRA), Mathéo Jacquemoud (FRA), Martin Anthamatten (SUI), Matteo Eydallin and Alexis Sevennec (FRA). The women – and junior men – race comprised 4 uphill and as many downhill stretches (1315 D+ 1315D-). As for the women the French Laetitia Roux got her first success. The queen of ski mountaineering was restored to her throne ending the race first in 1h 42’30” before her Swiss rival Jennifer Fiechter - 1h 44’59” – and the Swede Emelie Forsberg – 1h 46’51”. Worth reporting is that Forsberg lost the second place after a time penalty: incorrect position of her skis in the bag. The Spaniard Claudia Galicia finished fourth before the azzurra Katia Tomatis; then, Valentine (France), Martina Valmassoi (Italy), Mireia Mirò and Marta Garcia (Spain) and the young – and first among the Espoir – Alba De Silvestro (Italy). In the Junior race Italy conquered the first two spots with Davide Magnini e Giulia Compagnoni; after 3 uphill and 3 downhill stretches (990 D+ 990 D-), the podium was completed by Lena Bonnel (France) and the local favourite Giulia Murada. As regards the men podium, the French Samuel Equy finished second and Nicolò Canclini won the bronze medal. Tomorrow the World Cup circus will be back on track at the Centro Sportivo Caspoggio with the Sprint event. Photo Gallery HD Online on ISMF website : All the ISMF World Cup rankings are online on