Once again, La Grande Course cast its spell over the world of skimo enthusiasts, enticing a record crowd of 2000 spectators up to the Presena Pass at 2996m. An extraordinary spectacle for the sixth edition of the Adamello Ski Raid, the legendary high-altitude skimo event raced over the mountain massif on the borders of Lombardy and Trentino.  350 teams, with 700 competitors from 18 different nations, great champions and mountaineering enthusiasts for the second stage of the 2017 La Grande Course.  
 
Damiano Lenzi and Matteo Eydallin returned to the top step of the podium in what turned out to be the best Adamello Ski Raid ever, with unprecedented numbers of spectators. While in the women’s race, victory went to the Franco-Swiss duo made up of Axelle Mollaret and Jennifer Fiechter.
 
But before reaching the coveted finishing line at Ponte di Legno they first had to tackle a gruelling 43km and 4000m of elevation gain. At the start of the race, the duo Pietro Lanfranchi – William Boffelli from Bergamo set the pace and were the first to pass through the ‘torcida’ of cheering crowds at the Presena Pass. On the climb up towards the Tre Denti pass, however, the leaders of la Grande Course re-established the pecking order. With an impressive and sustained spurt of speed, the reigning world champions Lenzi –Eydallin soon opened up a huge gap and were able to control the race right to the end, closing with a finish time of 4h35’29”. An outstanding second place and excellent pre- Mezzalama (where they will team up with Kilian Jornet) test for the Swiss duo Marti Werner – Martin Anthamatten with a time of 4h44’16”. Also on the podium were the other Italian army team Michele Boscacci – Nadir Maguet with 4h48’38”. Fourth place went to the Filippo Beccari – Lars Skjervheim team, while the duo from Bergamo, William Boffelli – Pietro Lanfranchi came fifth.
 
In the women’s race, Axelle Mollaret – Jennifer Fiechter romped to victory in 4h45’50”, in front of Laetitia Roux – Claudia Galicia Cotrina and the Italians Alba De Silvestro – Katia Tomatis.  
 
The next stage of La Grande Course will be the Mezzalama Trophy, scheduled for Saturday 22 April with. The legendary “Marathon of the glaciers” will be preceded by the youth competition on Friday 21st.