8 March 2023

Pierra Day One

Pierra Menta: day one in favour of Matteo Eydallin - Nadir Maguet and Axelle Mollaret - Emily Harrop. Not easy, indeed very difficult conditions for the super classic of skialp. Snow cover at minimum levels, snow alternating with rain at times, and visibility affected by fog made the race difficult for athletes and organisers. The first test was about 2500 metres of positive difference in height with five climbs and four foot sections. Right from the start, the two Italian teams of the CS Esercito took the lead with Davide Magnini - Michele Boscacci followed by Nadir Maguet - Matteo Eydallin. Further behind were the Swiss Martin Anthamatten - Jakob Herrmann and the French Mathéo Jacquemoud - Samuel Equy. In some trouble, probably overtired from the recent world championships in Boi Taüll the two home champions William Bon Mardion - Xavier Gachet. As the climbs went by, the team Eydallin - Maguet took the lead to close the first stage in 2h25'40". Second place for the pair Boscacci - Magnini 2h27'42", while third came Jacquemoud - Equy in 2h28'06".

In the women's field, the reigning world champions left not the slightest hope for their direct rivals. The locals Axelle Mollaret - Emily Harrop practically ran the race over the men, crossing the finish line in 2h54'33". In second place with excellent race performance were the transalpine sisters Léna and Candice Bonnel (3h05'52"). Very well the Italians Martina Valmassoi - Elena Nicolini, third in 3h12'47". After the first stage, the games will become more and more difficult due to the cumulative tiredness and the weather conditions that do not promise anything good. If for the second day they should not be particularly harsh, what worries athletes and organisers are the heavy rainfall expected in the French beaufortain during the stages on Friday and Saturday.

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