Challenging conditions for the organizing committee and demanding terrain for the athletes, especially in the Individual race, assigned by chip to Jornet Burgada over Boscacci. President Mariotta: «The Ismf is open to discussion about the timing rules».

Sondrio (Italy) – The second stage of the ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup, took place last weekend in Albosaggia and Caspoggio, Northern Italy. The role of the local organising committee proved fundamental in being able to put on the event despite the very difficult snow and weather conditions, and although usually ISMF World Cups take place 100% on snow, starting and finishing a skimo race on foot is quite common. However, it has to be noted that this winter European winter sports are suffering from lack of snow in many areas: over the weekend colleagues from the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup were forced to cancel two races due to the unusual weather conditions.
In Valtellina, infact a huge effort was made to guarantee the go ahead of the 30th edition of the classic Valtellina Orobie, in fair and safe conditions.
The sporting results rewarded  the best men  and women on the circuit, with Laetitia Roux making a comeback to the podium and Kilian Jornet Burgada’ s back to back win in the Individual, in addition to the confirmation of Michele Boscacci’s and Emelie Forsberg’s presence in the top 3. Besides the competitive value of any single performance, every competition has something more to teach and tell. In the Individual race on Pizzo Meriggio, Jornet Burgada and Boscacci brought about a new turn of events, at least in recent history of ISMF competitions.
After going neck and neck on for most of the race, they decided to slow down together on the last descent, especially when it came to the last part no longer on snow, crossing the finish line hands held up together as a sign of mutual respect.
The victory was,nevertheless, assigned to the Spanish champion over the Italian athlete, because the use of an electronic chip for the time keeping system is what dictates the results in hundredths of a second.
The current ISMF rules don’t permit an ex aequo result, whilst it’s true that other sports allow for this. Therefore, the results were awarded by the referees and time keepers according to the actual rules.
Of course eight hundredths of a second, the time gap between Jornet Burgada and Boscacci, is not much. This is why the ISMF is willing to look at the case as an opportunity to discuss possible rule modifications. «This situation will give the international Federation the possibility to reflect on the topic, trying to learn from the experience – ISMF president Armando Mariotta said -».«We could propose to the plenary Assembly a change to our rules to manage these very particular situations. The idea – added Mariotta – will be discussed over the next few months, starting from a common and shared point of view. Only by respecting the existing rules we can guarantee fair play and defend the ethical values of our sport».

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