The Individual and Sprint races will be staged the next weekend in Albosaggia, Valtellina.

In spite of the poor snow conditions in many places throughout the alpine range, thanks to the huge organisational effort not only were the races confirmed, but also for the Individual event on Saturday the best of world ski mountaineering will compete on a World Cup-grade itinerary. Indeed, the race designers of Polisportiva Albosaggia, coordinated by Graziano Boscacci and Massimo Murad managed to draw a technical, athletically challenging and high-impact ring. The start and finish line at Campei will be crossed on foot. The athletes will measure themselves on a ring featuring 1750 m in positive altitude difference, 5 uphill stretches, 5 downhill slopes, 11 set-up changes, open ridges and spectacular downhill showdowns. The women and junior men races will include 4 uphill stretches and as many downhill slopes (1315 D+ 1315 D-), while the junior women will have to face 3 uphill stretches and 3 downhill slopes (990 D+ 990 D-)

On Sunday national team athletes will be transferred to Caspoggio for the Sprint race scheduled at the Zenith-Centro della Montagna amphitheatre. At the end of the second test it will be time for the official prize giving ceremony.

In order to better promote the event, the Organising Committee will broadcast the race live on a mega-screen in Piazza Garibaldi, Sondrio.

This way those who cannot attend directly along the slopes will have a chance to follow the whole event.

Again on Saturday at 6 pm, in the heart of the main city of Valtellina a delegation of athletes will present a spectacular video showing the day’s highlights. Among the confirmed participants, Michele Boscacci and other ski mountaineering champions.

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 https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0Bxbuxds-oXM6aENMQ0FIa3E3U2c&usp=sharing Online on ISMF website : http://ismf-ski.org/www/content/races-result?id=152 All the ISMF World Cup rankings are online on http://ismf-ski.org/ismf2011/rankings.php