Kilian Jornet and Laetitia Roux earn precious points at the fourth 2016 ISMF Ski Mountaineering World Cup event. This morning the individual race took place on the Alpago snow, more specifically at Col Indes, a few kilometres above from Tambre.

A feat only for seasoned ski mountaineers with over 1600m of positive climb, this race pushed Catalan ace Kilian Jornet to his best and made this challenge as nail-biting as they come. Jornet took the lead from the very start and opened to full throttle two climbs from the finish line, working his solitary way towards the first place in 1h50’17”. Never before was a win more deserved. Behind him the remaining places on the podium were fought right at the slight slope that the contestants were to cover on foot before the final rush. The young Anton Palzer managed to get a few meters ahead of the Italian Michele Boscacci. The German finished absolute second and first among the Espoir in 1h51’00”. Boscacci ended third after 18”. Following, William Bon Mardion, Matheo Jacquemoud, Lorenzo Holzknecht, Martin Anthamatten, Nadir Maguet, Leo Viret and Filippo Barazzuol.

As regards the women, the race featured one climb less than the men; the competition was once again in the name of Laetitia Roux (France) who won well ahead – 2h00’09” her final time – of Spaniard Nahia Altuna Quincoces – 2h05’45” – and the other contenders. Jennifer Fiechter (Switzerland) finished third in 2h05’54”. In the top ten there were also Claudia Galicia Cotrina, Katia Tomatis, Martina Valmassoi, Lorna Bonnel, Alba De Silvestro, Ida Nilsson and Marta Farres Garcia.

In the Junior race the Italian Davide Magnini had the better of Samuel Equy and the other Azzurro Nicolò Canclini. The French Lela Bonnel conquered the women’s Junior race ahead of Giulia Murada (Italy) and Adele Milloz (France).
As regards the Espoir category, Anton Palzer clearly dominated the race and finished ahead of Nadir Maguet and William Bofelli. The Italian Alba De Silvestro won the women’s event keeping the Swiss duo Marianne Fatton and Eugenie Tornay behind.
Tomorrow morning the World Cup programme has in store the second race at Piancavallo. The fastest athletes will stage a thrilling qualifiers-and-final combo. Heart-stopping, world-class entertainment is guaranteed for a sprint race that already looks set to being electrifying.

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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 Online on ISMF website : All the ISMF World Cup rankings are online on