1 May 2022

PDG The revenge of the Swiss, the first time for the italian girls

Standing ovation in the centre of Verbier for the Swiss trio of Rémi Bonnet, Werner Marti and Martin Anthamatten. The three champions closed the season in a great way by winning the last classic race of 2022. Success for them, but no record on the Swiss crossing that from Zermatt brought them to the finish line in Verbier. It was a long and extremely tough night race with a legendary feel: 57.5 km and 4,386 m d+.  Their finish time was 6h35'56". Second place for their most qualified contenders, the Italians of the Cs Esercito Michele Boscacci, Matteo Eydallin and Davide Magnini (6h44'40"). The podium was completed by the other Italians of La Sportiva team Filippo Beccari, Martin Stofner and Alex Oberbacher (7h17'55").
As for women, a great victory for the three Italians Alba De Silvestro, Giulia Murada and Ilaria Veronese. At their first PDG, the three athletes of the italian national team immediately impressed with an excellent 8h38'25", which awarded them the 13th place in the overall ranking. Second at the finish line were the experienced Katia Tomatis, Elena Nicolini and Victoria Kreuzer (8h57'41"). Completing the 2022 podium were Swiss Emilie Farquet, Céline Tornay, Deborah Chiarello with the time of 9h50'18".    
After Friday's postponement due to the weather conditions, the Swiss organisers succeeded in ensuring that the almost 5000 ski mountaineers, who prepare for this impressive race every two years, will be able to compete. A race capable of fascinating amateurs and top runners alike.
Given the lack of snow and the many sections to be done on foot, which have slowed down the race, the time to beat in 2024 will remain the one of 5h35'27" marked in 2018 by the CS Esercito trio composed of Matteo Eydallin, Michele Boscacci and Robert Antonioli. A super performance, the one of the three Italians in 2018 who had literally crushed the Swiss record which had stood since 2010.  No record in the women's event either. Here the reference time remains 7h15'34" scored, as well in 2018, by Jennifer Fiechter, Axelle Mollaret and Laetitia Roux.
Patrouille des Glaciers is also a youth race. On Thursday morning, more than 300 youngsters competed on the slopes of Verbier, offering a great day of sport. Amongst them were a number of professional racers and secondary school students:  a great way to promote the sport we love.  In the Under 20 category, the winning pair was Margaux Mendes De Leon, Mathilde Pellisier and Kilian Léger, Baptiste Varone.
In the Under 18 competition, Robine Deseyn, Caroline Corthay and Lucas Pasquier, Mathieu Pharisa were successful. There was also a tight challenge in the Under 16 where the team of Enya Summermatter, Lynn Pollinger and Theo Outaz, Titouan Feusier won.
After the very excellent outcomes of Altitoy Terna, Millet Tour du Rutor Extrême and Patrouille des Glaciers, La Grande Course circuit has officially reached the halfway point. The next season will be characterised by three more races which will be used to define the final ranking of this two-year period: Pierra Menta from 8th to 11th March, Adamello Ski Raid on 25th March (single round of the Long Distance World Championship) and Trofeo Mezzalama on 22nd April with a possible recovery date on the following day.

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