TOUR DU RUTOR EXTREME 2022: VICTORIES FOR MATHÉO JACQUEMOUD – SAMUEL EQUY AND AXELLE MOLLARET – EMILY HARROP
TOUR DU RUTOR 2022: VICTORIES FOR MATHÉO JACQUEMOUD – SAMUEL EQUY AND AXELLE MOLLARET – EMILY HARROP. Our SKI section brings us today the news about La Grande Course and it last race, last weekend: the Tour du Rutor.
Edition after edition, this race has become myth, tradition, legend. A French one-two in Planaval. Mathéo Jacquemoud – Samuel Equy and Axelle Mollaret – Emily Harrop are the new ISMF Ski Mountaineering Long Distance World Champions.
TOUR DU RUTOR 2022: VICTORIES FOR
AXELLE MOLLARET – EMILY HARROP
MATHÉO JACQUEMOUD – SAMUEL EQUY
French one-two at the Team Long Distance World Championships (ISMF) They were crowned by the Millet Tour du Rutor Extrême, the only Italian stage of the 2022 La Grande Course, the international circuit featuring the most beautiful races in the Alps and the Cordillera Pirenaica.
The race was divided into three stages and was marked by three days of complicated weather conditions, which forced the Corrado Gex Ski Club, to redesign the tracks in the hours prior the race.
The first stage took place in La Thuile’s ski area, with 159 male teams and 15 female ones at the start line, for a total of 348 athletes representing 15 different countries. The race, in true alpine TDR style, took them to the summits “la Bella Valletta” and “Bellecombe”, with a loop including 2400m of vertical gain, three ascents, as many descents and two sections on foot.
The second stage featured 2463 M of vertical gain in the heart of the Valgrisenche Valley, starting from Bonne and finishing in the usual TDR location, Mondanhes. Four ascents and four descents with two backpack sections on foot, reaching 2963m Mont de l’Arp Vieille. To make it even harder, cold temperatures plummeted to – 19°C at high altitude.
The third and last stage crowning the world champions featured 2340 M of vertical gain with start and finish lines in Planaval, a small village in Arvier. Two major ascents and prohibitive temperatures that plummeted to almost -20°C at the top of the Château Blanc (3442m), and then a steep fresh snow descent of almost 2000m.
Both in the men and women’s categories the French team was the leader of the race. The days of epic fights, where French Mathéo Jacquemoud – Samuel Equy won the gold medal crossing the finish line in first place with a final time of 2h18’20”.
Second place and silver medal for the Italians Davide Magnini – Matteo Eydallin (2h21’11”) and third place for the other French team William Bon Mardion – Xavier Gachet (2h24’34”).
In the women’s category, as expected, the French team Axelle Mollaret – Emily Harrop won the third stage in a row. For them a finish time of 2h51’22” and the gold medal. As in the previous stages, the Italian team Giulia Murada – Alba De Silvestro were second at the finish line (2h57’27”).
Third in the ranking, but not valid for the World Championship one because of their different nationalities, the Slovakian Marianna Jagercikova and the Polish Iwona Januszyk (3h01’43”). Fourth overall and third in the World Championship ranking were the Italians Mara Martini and Ilaria Veronese.
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