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Axelle Gachet-Mollaret and Xavier Gachet win the Individual race of the 35th Valtellina Orobie ISMF World Cup

Axelle Gachet-Mollaret
Valtellina Orobie ISMF World Cup (Foto Maurizio Torri)

Lausanne – This year the Sondrio’s historical race has been staged on the slopes of Palù ski area without losing its charm on the public and the feature of technical and muscular competition that made it famous. Returning to the races at the international level as fourth stage of the 2021/22 WÜRTH MODYF ISMF World Cup season after a few years of absence, the event proposed by the Polisportiva Albosaggia did not disappoint the expectations of the first race’s eve. Thanks to yesterday’s light snowfall, the worldwide ski mountaineering champions coming from 14 different countries approved the course with flying colours. For the occasion, the local tracers coordinated by Massimo Murada and the mountain guide Maurizio Folini have provided very steep and spectacular couloirs, including off-piste descents and several passages close to Cima Motta that allowed the large audience to follow all highlights of the competition. Furthermore, the beautiful sunny day has framed this very successful race. Entering into details, Senior Men had to face seven ascents and a positive height difference of more than 1500 m, Senior Women and U20 Men of 1300 m, while U20 Women of 800 m.
Among Senior Women, Axelle Gachet-Mollaret (FRA) has achieved the fourth victory in the Individual race out of four competitions of this discipline held during the 2021/22 season until now. On the podium with her there have also been the Swedish Tove Alexandesson (2° place) and the transalpine Emily Harrop (3° place). As for the men of the same category, Michele Boscacci (ITA) was leading in the first part of the race but then gave way in the last sections to the French Xavier Gachet and the teammate Matteo Eydallin. Indeed, the final podium has included in order Xavier Gachet, Matteo Eydallin and Michele Boscacci.
The Austrian Paul Verbnjak has been the winner of the U23 Men category, followed by the Italians Matteo Sostizzo and Giovanni Rossi. Among Women, instead, Lisa Moreschini (ITA) has taken the win, while her compatriot Katia Mascherona and the French Mallaurie Mattana have achieved the second and the third positions respectively. The Italian Manuela Pedrana has proved to be the strongest athlete among the U20 Women athletes, ahead of the teammate Silvia Berra and the Spanish Maria Costa Díez. Trym Dalset Lødøen (NOR) has been the first U20 Man to cross the finish line, but also the Spanish competitor Marc Ràdua Ivern and the Italian Rocco Baldini have achieved good results with their silver and bronze medals.
Once concluded today’s first race, tomorrow the athletes will have a day of well-deserved rest before having to face the Sprint race scheduled in the morning of Saturday 5 February in the ski area of Caspoggio. The relative track, already tested in 2016, expects to be particularly interesting but also hard as well as adrenaline. This exciting competition will be live streamed at https://tv.ismf-ski.org.

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