Lausanne – At the end of a splendid weekend that attracted in Andorra many athletes from three different continents, today’s morning the worldwide ski mountaineering best competitors have once again faced the track that last year awarded the world titles of this speciality. The times to beat were those set in 2021 by the still current World Champions Rémi Bonnet (SUI) and Axelle Gachet-Mollaret (FRA).
Among Men, there have been no doubt, no uncertainty. The Swiss World Champion Rémi Bonnet has opened the throttle, outdistancing the leading group and, in proximity to the finish line, even took the time to greet the large audience that in recent years has had the opportunity to know and appreciate him. He has arrived first with a total time of 26’16”. After a crazy final sprint, the Italian Robert Antonioli (27’11″3) has closed the race in second position, getting the upper hand on the American Cameron Smith (27’11″5).
The Women’s race has been much hard-fought. After a tight head-to-head with the reigning World Champion, the Swedish Tove Alexandersson has won the race in 31’04”. The second place has gone to the ousted Axelle Gachet-Mollaret (FRA), finishing with a time of 31’18”, while the third one to the emerging French athlete Emily Harrop.
In the U23 category, Paul Verbnjak (AUT) has seen a second consecutive success, while Aurélien Gay (SUI) and Matteo Sostizzo (ITA) have taken the second and third place respectively. Among Women, the Italian Samantha Bertolina has got the better of Perrine Gindre (FRA) and Katia Mascherona (ITA).
As for the U20s, Grace Staberg (USA) is the female winner, ahead of the German Antonia Niedermaier and the Swiss Caroline Ulrich, while among Men Thomas Bussard (SUI) has beaten his twin Robin and Anselme Damevin (FRA).
Once concluded the Andorran two-days, in two weeks, the WÜRTH MODYF ISMF World Cup circuit will move in the Swiss mountains of Morgins where a Sprint and an Individual race are scheduled.