2013 World Ski Mountaineering Championships: France wins individual gold

Bon Mardion William and Laetitia Roux of France won the individual race yesterday at the 2013 Ski Mountaineering World Championships. Silver went to their teammates Matheo Jacquemoud and Axelle Mollaret, while bronze went to Spaniard Kilian Jornet Burgada and the Italian Gloriana Pellissier.

William Bon Mardion, Matheo Jacquemoud, Kilian Jornet Burgada: these are the names of the first three to cross the finish line yesterday in the individual event of the 2013 Ski Mountaineering World Championships currently taking place in Les Ecrins in France. So, after competing together on Sunday to win the Team Race, the two strong Frenchmen once again proved they were in unbeatable form, winning gold and silver in the highly prized individual race. After a positive elevation of 1735m over almost 13km, these medals above all hurt Kilian Jornet Burgada: the Iberian had made a dazzling start and victory seemed within reach, but the two Frenchmen worked perfectly as a team, the ‘ve caught up and overtaken to then clash with each other in the final sprint. Note the excellent performance of Damiano Lenzi, 4th and just off the podium, but only one minute behind the super champion Jornet.

Among the women, it is still Laetitia Roux who dominates the peloton by winning over a distance of around 12 km with 1480 meters of elevation gain. On the slopes of Pelvoux, the 27-year-old Frenchwoman won the individual race, stopping the clock after just an hour and twenty minutes, four minutes ahead of her teammate Axelle Mollaret with whom she had won gold in the team race of Sunday. The bronze went to the Italian expert Gloriana Pellissier who was beaten in the final sprint by a hair…read barely two seconds!

This morning, everyone is taking part in the Vertical Race, the grueling 600-meter ascent that takes no prisoners.

Male Senior

1 Guillaume Bon Mardion, France 01:22:36
2 Mathéo Jacquemoud, France 01:23:07 Senior Espoir
3 Kilian Jornet Burgada, Spain 01:24:08
4 Damiano Lenzi, Italy 01:25:02
5 Robert Antonioli, Italy 01:25:20 Senior Hope
6 Alexis Sevennec, France 01:25:50
7 Manfred Reichegger, Italy 01:26:08
8 Matteo Eydallin, Italy 01:26:15
9 Michele Boscacci, Italy 01:26:45 Senior Espoir
10 Martin Anthamatten, Switzerland 01:27:10
12 Davide Galizzi, Italy 1:27:44
14 Lorenzo Holzknecht, Italy 1:28:38
15 Pietro Lanfranchi, Italy 1:30:18

Senior female
1 Laetitia Roux, France 01:20:03
2 Axelle Mollaret, France 01:24:28 Senior Espoir
3 Gloriana Pellissier, Italy 01:24:30
4 Mireia Miró Varela, Spain 01:25:18
5 Sophie Dusautoir Bertrand, Andorra 01:26:43
6 Emelie Forsberg, Sweden 01:26:48
7 Valentine’s Day Fabre, France 01:29:02
8 Elena Nicolini, Italy 01:30:15
9 Maude Mathys, Switzerland 01:30:34
10 Jennifer Fiechter, Switzerland 01:30:42 Senior Espoir
16 Elisa Compagnoni, Italy 1:35:45 Hope
18 Alessandra Cazzanelli, Italy 1:37:43 Hope