Compagnoni and Rémi Bonnet excelled among Juniors, while Anton Palzer and Axelle Mollaret conquered the highest step of the podium in the Espoir category.
Strong winds blew during the second race of the Scarpa ISMF World Cup circuit this morning in Arinsal (Andorra), but this did not scare the organizers, coordinated by Carlo Ferrari, so the Vertical Race started with only a few minutes’ delay. The Senior and Junior categories skied along a course with a positive level difference of 730 metres, while Junior girls had to face an ascent of 460 metres.
With a time of 27’27’’, Kilian Jornet Burgada repeated his Saturday morning success in the Individual Race, thus confirming his excellent physical conditions in view of the World Championship (SUI) scheduled from February 5 to 12 at Verbier. The German Anton Palzer, after the low-key performance in the Individual race, managed to improve his position and conquered the silver medal with a twenty seconds’ distance from Kilian. The Swiss Marti Werner completed the podium with a time of 28’05’’. The fourth position is held by Marc Pinsach Rubiola, while the fifth to arrive was Damiano Lenzi.
Among women, the French champion Laetitia Roux, still with the Saturday morning race in her legs, started with a rather mild pace and only at half race did she press the accelerator and crossed the finishing line with a time of 33’20’’. Victoria Kreuzer was second with twenty-one seconds’ distance from the winner and Axelle Mollaret secured the third step of the podium at 34’07’’. The Swedish Emelie Forsberg was fourth and the Spanish Claudia Galicia Cotrina fifth.
As regards the Junior categories, we should point out the excellent performance of the Swiss Rémi Bonnet, who would get the third absolute position with a time of 27’57’’ behind Anton Palzer. The Italian Davide Magnini conquered the silver medal with a time of 29’57’’ and Arnaud Gasser completed the podium with a two minutes’ delay from the winner.
The Italian Giulia Compagnoni won the gold medal among girls, followed by her teammate Alba De Silvestro, the former with a time of 21’40’’ and De Silvestro just 1’02’’ afterward. The Austrain Verena Streitberger arrived third.
The Espoir category was on again by Anton Palzer and Axelle Mollaret. Oriol Cardona Coll and Federico Nicolini were second and third, respectively.
The female race saw Axelle Mollaret behind Marta Garcia Farres and Jennifer Fiechter.
The Scarpa ISMF World Cup circuit will stop for the next few weeks to leave the scene to the Verbier World Championship. The third stage will be held in Italy during the Marmotta Trophy on February 28th and March 1st.