The French dominated the ISMF Scarpa Individual World Cup race in Valle Aurina, with wins in the senior category by Laetitia Roux and Matheo Jacuemoud.
The course of the SkiAlpRace Ahrntal followed the classic route the heighest part of the race reaching the summit of Henne (2,472m). The four ascents and descents were technically challenging, and in certain steep sectors racers were required to proceed on foot with skis attached to their rucksacks, and the option of using a fixed cord. The senior female athletes followed a slightly shorter routes than their male team mates with 1,075m of vertical rise over a total of 10km.
The Race
William Bon Mardion and Matheo Jacequemoud of france pulled out into the lead straight away, proving their worth after taking third and second place in yesterda’s Vertical race. Kilian Jornet Burgada, winner of the Vertical came in third. Bon Mardion and Jornet played cat and mouse with each other for a while until William’s kamikaze descent allowed him to clearly overtake Kilian. Jacquemoud claimed not only a double win after yesterday’s Espoir win, today he claimed both the Senior and Espoir title in 1:42’29.5, Bon Mardion arrived 21.3 seconds later followed by Jornet Burgada( +1’41.5). Four Italians ranked within the top ten.
Laetitia Roux pulled off another win today with a time of 1:52’50.8. A delighted Mireia Miro Varela came in second (+1’21.2), after worrying about her form and not having taken part in yesterday’s Vertical. Italy’s Gloriana Pellissier once again claimed third place (+4’42.6)
Matheo Jacquemoud
«A fantastic but challenging race, especially the sections on foot and the descents, which were fairly decisieve.  I didn’t really feel tired after yesterday’s race as I’m on good form and have been training hard, my physique is used to 2 consecutive days physical challenge. I’m really happy about the win today after yesterday’s second place».
Kilian Jornet Burgada
«Matheo and William wree amazing during the ascents, they managed to gain the necessary lead that I wasn’t able to make it up. On the third ascent I though I was going to catch Bon Mardion but his descent was too good, and I got left behind».
Laetitia Roux
«A long and difficult race, which I manged to interpret well, winning again today. I feel asif I’m on really good form physically and this helps also at a psychological level. Two wins in two races – that’s what I call a perfect weekend!»
Mireia Mirò Varela
«More than anything, I took part in ths race to try and guage how I was feeling, how I react tot he racing environment, after suffering a bit of a crisis recently. Now I feel good and this second place has given me a lot of enouragement».

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