12 March 2016

Pierra Menta Day Four

The winners of the Altitoy also dominate the Pierra Menta and consolidate their leadership in the overall La Grande Course ranking. Lots of sun, crowds of spectators and over 2500m uphill for the big Grand Mont stage. The final balance of the 31st edition of the Pierra that has just ended is more than positive – and concluded with the predicted victory of Kilian Jornet – Mathéo Jacquemoud & Laetitia Roux – Axelle Mollaret.
But, today, first over the Le Planay finishing line for the second consecutive year were ‘local boys’ William Bon Mardion – Xavier Gachet, with a finish time of 2h26'58”, ahead of Kilian Jornet and Mathéo Jacquemoud (2h28’09”). Leo Viret - Valentin Favre (2h29’20”) came in with a surprise third place finish while the Italians Michele Boscacci - Robert Antonioli and Alexis Sevennec - Didier Blanc came fourth.  Winners of the overall classification were Jornet – Jacquemoud, in front of Bon Mardion - Gachet and Boscacci - Antonioli.
WOMEN’S RACE - No surprises here: Laetitia Roux and Axelle Mollaret won over the Spanish team Mireia Mirò - Claudia Galicia Cotrina, and the Italians, Katia Tomatis - Martina Valmassoi. The day’s podium also reflects the overall rankings.  
A victory for Italy in the male Cadet category, with Daniele Corazza - Giovanni Rossi from the Valtellina coming in ahead of the Swiss Yohan Jaton - Florian Ulrich  and Léo Besson - Aurelien Gay. In the girls’ Cadet category, Marie Borriglione - Justine Tonso from France finished ahead of their compatriots Charlotte Iratzoquy - Mallaurie Mattana and the Swiss Margaux Bapst - Valentine Moret in 4h02’39”.
In the Juniors race, victory went to France with Simon Bellabouvier - Samuel Equy over Iñigo Martinez de Albornoz and Côme Deruaz and the Swiss team Arna Lietho and Julien Ançay.  France also grabbed first place in the girls’ race, with Léna Bonnel - Adèle Milloz winning over Giulia Compagnoni - Giulia Murada from the Valtellina and Giorgia Felicetti - Melanie Ploner from Trento.

The next appointment is in Arvier Valgrisenche for the third stage of La Grande Course: the Millet Tour du Rutor Extrême, scheduled for Friday 01, Saturday 02, and Sunday 03 April.  

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