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12 March 2015


PIERRA MENTA DAY ONE


The Grande Course starts again at Arêches Beaufort, the cradle of ski mountaineering, celebrating an important milestone: 30 years of the Pierra Menta. This important anniversary will be celebrated by overturning the classic format, holding a short but spectacular timed leg first, before the long stages in the days to come. And of course a big celebration at the end of the competition on Saturday night!
It had to be Italy vs. France, and it was Italy vs. France, in the lead-up to what to all intents and purposes seems to be a world championship rematch. 1450m uphill, spread out over three climbs, with parts to be walked, made spectacular by the usual downhill stretches from Pierra. Humps in narrow couloirs which really put legs and materials to the test.  The winners were Matteo Eydallin - Damiano Lenzi 1h15'35" ahead of Xavier Gachet - William Bon Mardion  1h16'57" and Didier Blanc - Alexis Sevennec1h17'17".
The women's race was very close, with Emelie Forsberg - Axelle Mollaret  winning in  1h31'08", only 10" ahead of Laetitia Roux - Mireia Mirò. Séverine Pont Combe - Jennifer Fiechter came third with a time of 1h35'40".

Photos Pierra Menta 2015 Day 1

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