21 April 2018

A record-breaking Pdg offers a fitting finale to an extraordinary season

Double celebration for Michele Boscacci & Axelle Mollaret who also won La Grande Course
After the successful Altitoy Ternua, Pierra Menta and Millet Tour du Rutor Extrême, the La Grande Course circuit finished in style with a record-breaking Patrouille des Glaciers... Numerous course records were shattered at the finishing line in Verbier: with the men’s, women’s and junior female records all falling. In this picturesque location the La Grande Course trophy was lifted by the Italian and Michele Boscacci and Axelle Mollaret from France. Theirs was a truly extraordinary season with victories in both the world cup, and “Great Classics” circuit.
The other places on the LGC podium were claimed by Matteo Eydallin, Nadir Maguet, Jennifer Fiechter and Katia Tomatis.
But let’s look at each race in turn, starting with the sensational course record set by CS Esercito. This record was earned metre after metre by the trio comprising Michele Boscacci, Matteo Eydallin and Robert Antonioli.    
Colonnello Mosso’s champs travelled the 53 km separating Zermatt from the Finish line in Verbier in 5h35’27”, shattering a Swiss record that had stood since 2012. This was the first triumph for Antonioli, but the second for Eydallin and Boscacci, who had won back in 2014 alongside Damiano Lenzi. They were joined on the Pdg podium by the “local boys” Martin Anthamatten, Rémi Bonnet and Werner Marti (5h45’28”). William Bon Mardion, Jakob Herrmann and Xavier Gachet (5h31’38”) were third. The fourth spot went to Manfred Reichegger, Nadir Maguet and Davide Magnini (6h10’09”), while Yannick Ecoeur, Andreas Steindl and Iwan Arnold (6h10’55”) were fifth.
There was another record in the ladies’ race, with the victory by Jennifer Fiechter, Axelle Mollaret and Laetitia Roux in a time of 7h15’34”. Séverine Pont Combe, Victoria Kreuzer and Katia Tomatis were second in 7h31’11”, while Johanna Erhart, Veronika Mayerhofer and Malene Blikken Haukoy (8h27’37”) came in third.
The other record was set in the espoir race on a course beginning at Arolla, by winners Déborah Chiarello, Marianne Fatton and Florance Buchs.

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