A grand finale was staged at Les Marécottes with the Sprint Race of the third ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup event. Today the athletes competed on the Swiss snow of Les Marécottes to win precious World Cup points and the last 2016 Continental titles still unassigned.

After the Vertical and Individual races, today it was the turn of the most exciting and fastest event in the programme. In the Senior category, after the qualifier round and breath-taking showdowns the Italian Robert Antonioli and the French Laetitia Roux were crowned continental champions. The former had the better of two Swiss contestants, namely Iwan Arnold and Martin Anthamatten.

Laetitia Roux, after a forced hiatus due to a stress-induced injury, became the new European champion ahead of Marta Garcia Farres and Nahia Quincoces Altuna, both from Spain.
The Espoir race went to Anton Palzer (Germany) ahead of Oriol Cardona Coll (Spain) and Nadir Maguet (Italy). Marianne Fatton (Switzerland) has won the race ahead of Inka Belles Naudi (Andorra) and Johanna Erhart (Austria).
Among the Cadets the best contestant turned out to be Florian Ulrich (Switzerland) who crossed the finish line much ahead of the Austrian Jakob Siedler and the Italian Daniele Corazza. Among the women, the French ace Justine Tonso finished ahead of Ekaterina Osichkina (Russia) and Emilie Farquet (Switzerland).
The Junior race was hard fought with Thomas Corthay (Switzerland) finishing ahead of Davide Magnini (Italy) and Simon Bellabouvier (France).  As regards the Junior women challenge Adèle Milloz, from France, got to wear gold around her neck after finishing before Lena Bonnel, also from France, and Giulia Compagnoni (Italy).
The Espoir race went to Anton Palzer (Germany) ahead of Oriol Cardona Coll (Spain) and Nadir Maguet (Italy). Marianne Fatton (Switzerland) has won the race ahead of Inka Belles Naudi (Andorra) and Johanna Erhart (Austria).
This concludes the third even and the continental tests; the ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup will be back in two weeks with the Transcavallo Individual Race and Sprint Race on Italian snow at Alpago and Piancavallo.

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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