24 April 2022

One last epic effort before the summer break

Despite the fact that spring is just around the corner,  La Grande Course circuit is aiming straight for the final lap. After the happy outcome of Altitoy Terna and Millet Tour du Rutor Extrême, this week the spotlight will be on the Patrouille des Glaciers, the last great classic race of the season which will draw almost 5000 ski mountaineers, including amateurs and top runners, to the starting line for a challenge that sounds like a legend: 57.5 km and 4,386 m d+.
For the LGC circuit, more than 300 youngsters will be taking part in the youth race in Verbier on Thursday, on courses of different lengths according to their age. On the night between 29th and 30th April, the PDG will take place in its "race" version, also known as "Z2", starting in Zermatt and finishing in Verbier. A race almost all by night; an alpine ultra marathon whose time to beat is 5h35'27" signed in 2018 by the three members of CS Esercito composed by Matteo Eydallin, Michele Boscacci and Robert Antonioli. A super performance, the one of the three Italians who had literally demolished the Swiss record that had held out since 2012. First time for Antonioli, second time for Eydallin and Boscacci who had already won here in 2014 with Damiano Lenzi.
In the women race the reference time is instead 7h15'34 "signed, also in 2018, by Jennifer Fiechter, Axelle Mollaret and Laetitia Roux.
As for the 2022 edition, which will be back after the forced stop due to the pandemic two years ago, the teams to beat will always be Switzerland, Italy and France. The Swiss, as in 2018 will field Martin Anthamatten, Rémi Bonnet and Werner Marti. The Italians, on the other hand, have replaced Robert Antonioli in the record trio with Davide Magnini, confirming Boscacci and Eydallin instead. The French will instead propose the experienced William Bon Mardion and Xavier Gachet with the young Samuel Equy. Outsider role for the Italians Filippo Beccari and Martin Stofner, winners of Altitoy, who for the occasion will race with the Italian Alex Oberbacher.
The pink challenge is very open, with the newcomers Alba De Silvestro, Giulia Murada, Ilaria Veronese and the more skilled Katia Tomatis, Elena Nicolini, Victoria Kreuzer. The Swiss Severine Pont Combe, Jennifer Fiechter and Ilona Chavillaz should also be taken into serious consideration. The team made up of Lorna Bonnel, Candice Bonnel and Marianna Jagercikova is also very competitive.

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