VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB 2022: VDA 161K VICTORIES FOR GERMAIN GRANGIER & AMANDINE GINOUVÈS
VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB 2022: VDA 161K VICTORIES FOR GERMAIN GRANGIER & AMANDINE GINOUVÈS. Our UTMB WORLD SERIEScelebrates the victory of the two French riders in the Pyrenees, thus consolidating a step forward in the multinational development of Ironman and UTMB Group.
Val d’Aran by UTMB 2022 hosted more than 3,700 registered runners, spread over its four distances from 7 to 10 July. It is also the European final of the UTMB World Series, logical being the Poletti part of this appointment.
VAL D’ARAN BY UTMB 2022 VDA 161K VICTORIES FOR GERMAIN GRANGIER & AMANDINE GINOUVÈS
Germain covered the 161 kilometers that go around the Val d’Aran in 23:24:54, while Amandine did it in a time of 30:17:22. With these victories, the second edition of the event closes the podiums of its distances, with successful participation and attendance.
During the morning of Saturday the SKY Master was held, with victories for Gisela Carrión and Roger Comellas; and the SKY Promesas, for ages between 16 and 20, which were taken by Pere Menéndez Ramirez and María Costa Díez.
The second edition of the European Major began on Wednesday, July 6 with the official presentation of the event and elite athletes, which was attended by great mountain runners such as Marc Pinsach, Pere Rullán, Yanqiao Yun, Cristina Santurino, Claudia Tremps, German Grangier, Katie Schide, Maite Maiora, and Eli Ríos, among others.
An hour later, at 7:30 p.m. in the town of Tredós, tr2 was held, a race that celebrated its first edition and was born by and for the volunteers of the event.
Six kilometers in which elites and trail running enthusiasts could share some of the most beautiful places in the area.
YANQIAO YUN AND MAITE MAIORA PROCLAIM THEMSELVES WINNERS OF THE PDA
The PDA started on Thursday, July 7 at 7:30 from the town of Salardú with 1,246 runners on the starting line, 217 women and 1,029 men.
After 55 km with 3,300 meters of positive slope, and 3,700 of negative slope, the Chinese Yanqiao Yun (05:37:42) was the first to reach Vielha and cross the finish line.
He was followed by the runner of Romanian origin based in the Sierra de Madrid, Ionel Cristian Manole (05:38:48), winner of the VDA in 2021, who entered in second position, and the Argentine Sergio Gustavo Pereyra (05:46:32).
In the women’s category, Maite Maiora (06:55:20) was proclaimed champion of the second edition of the PDA, followed by the American runner Emily Schmitz (07:03:53), and the French Aurélie Paul (07:33:29).
The total percentage of abandonment was 12.44%, so 1,091 runners played the already famous and long-awaited bell of Val d’Aran by UTMB®.
ANDREU SIMON WINS CDH
After the PDA, on Friday it was the turn of the HRC. At 6 a.m., 865 runners took the start from The Haro Square in Les. 789 men and 76 women willing to face a record of 105 kilometers, with 6,100 meters of positive slope and 5,800 meters of negative slope, by the wildest and highest parts of the Val d’Aran.
With a time of 11:48:51, the Catalan runner Andreu Simon was the first to ring the bell of this category. In second place came the Italian-Austrian Philipp Ausserhofer, with a time of 11:59:13, followed by the Swedish Johan Lantz, who crossed the finish line in 12:29:58.
In the women’s category, the winner was Katie Schide, sixth in the general classification, with a time of 13:06:39. “I made my career… When I go to a competition it’s for bullfighting, so that was my plan, and when I saw that it was going to be a race against the men I changed my plan. I tried 100%,” said the American.
In second place came the Bolivian, Elisabeth Rios Peredo, with a time of 14:53:10, and completed the podium the French Alix-Anne Farque, in 16:25:24.
GERMAIN GRANGIER AND AMANDINE GINOUVÈS, WIN VDA 161K
Before the eyes of hundreds of spectators, on Friday at 4:00 p.m., 437 brave people, including 23 women, left Vielha to face the 161 kilometers and 10,200 meters of the VDA.
Germain Grangier was the first to conquer the challenge, in a time of 23:24:54. “I’m quite surprised at how difficult the race is, especially in the Lake Colomèrs area; there is never a respite. I love running at night, so it was fine and I saw quite a few wild animals. It was very nice. I love the Pyrenees, so the fact that this race is here, for me was very attractive,” said the Frenchman.
Second place went to Spaniard Gaspar Bartra, who completed the lap of the Val d’Aran in 24:27:36, while third was Alexandre Urbina, in 24:56:17.
In the women’s category the winner was Amandine Ginouvès, with a time of 30:17:22, followed by the Peruvian Martha Ccorahua, in 38:18:03, and the Spanish Lurdes Palao, in 38:45:00.
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