Robert Antonioli and Axelle Mollaret win the individual race. All Etna results


The ISMF European Ski Mountaineering Championships took place last week on Mount Etna in Sicily, Italy. Robert Antonioli and Axelle Mollaret won the individual race, ahead of Michele Boscacci and Laetitia Roux, and Kilian Jornet Burgada and Emelie Forsberg, respectively silver and bronze. The Vertical Race was won by Kilian Jornet Burgada and Axelle Mollaret, ahead of Davide Magnini and Victoria Kreuzer who placed second and Antonio Alcalde and Alba De Silvestro who placed third.

Strong gusts of wind and a rain storm forced the organizing committee of the Etna European Championships and ISMF staff to make the difficult decision to cancel the vertical race scheduled for Friday morning at Piano Provenzana . The weather conditions improved on Saturday so that the individual race went according to plan.

Individual race

The Seniors race took place on the slopes in front of the Rifugio Monte Conca and included a circular track that the athletes had to cover twice, exceeding a positive elevation of 1620 m spread over 5 climbs. Senior women and junior men faced a vertical drop of 1170 m and 4 climbs. All the cadets and junior women faced 3 climbs and 850m of elevation gain.

From the start, a small group of men made up of Spaniard Kilian Jornet Burgada, two Italians Michele Boscacci and Robert Antonioli and Swiss Martin Anthamatten took the lead and distanced themselves from the rest of the peloton. The next climb was an exciting fight between Kilian Jornet Burgada, Boscacci and Antonioli. Throughout the remainder of the race this situation did not change, with these three men leading the race and no one managing to take a significant lead. It is the last change that decides the fate of this individual race: Kilian Jornet sets off with a few seconds in advance, but the Italians begin the ascent with one goal: to catch up with the Spaniard. Robert Antonioli took advantage of his downhill skills and passed Kilian Jornet Burgada. Antonioli literally flew downhill and crossed the finish line with a time of 1 hour 10 minutes and 22 seconds. Behind him, Michele Boscacci and Kilian Jornet Burgada fought for second place and it was the Italian who ended up winning. Davide Magnini (ITA) and Damiano Lenzi (ITA) placed fourth and fifth respectively.

The women’s competition was led from the start by the French Axelle Mollaret, followed by Laetitia Roux (FRA) and Emelie Forsberg (SWE). Mollaret fought for the continental title, crossing the finish line with a time of 1:05:18. Her teammate Laetitia Roux won silver, while bronze was won by Sweden’s Emelie Forsberg.

The track of this individual race organized on the tracks of Rifugio Monte Conca guarantees all spectators to see, follow and encourage the athletes in different phases.

Vertical stroke
Friday’s vertical race, canceled due to high winds and a hailstorm, was picked up on Sunday in Nicolosi on the southern slope of the Etna volcano, the highest active volcano in Europe. The athletes competed in a positive drop of 550 m on a track near the Rifugio Sapienza. The weather conditions put a strain on the Local Organizing Committee, as Sunday’s competition was dominated by 20 cm of fresh snow and visibility was far from optimal.

Champion Kilian Jornet Burgada set the pace for the entire race. Immediately after the start, the Italian Nadir Maguet took the lead, but he was quickly overtaken by the Spaniard, who gained precious meters. Behind him were Davide Magnini (ITA), Werner Marti (SUI), Robert Antonioli (ITA) and Antonio Alcalde Sanchez (ESP). Burgada kept a good pace, although the young Magnini remained on his heels. Burgada appeared out of the mist and went straight to first place, crossing the finish line with a time of 23’34 ”. Davide Magnini (ITA) finished second just four seconds later, while Antonio Alcalde Sanchez (ESP) finished third. The fourth and fifth places went to Robert Antonioli and Werner Marti.

The women’s race was once again dominated by Axelle Mollaret who won gold in 25’54 ”, ahead of the Swiss Victoria Kreutzer and the Italian Alba De Silvestro, who crossed the finish line after 27’15 ”. Fourth and fifth places went to Katia Tomatis (ITA) and Claudia Galicia Cotrina (ESP).

Davide Magnini was crowned champion in his Under 23 category, Antonio Alcade Sanchez (ESP) was second while Rémi Bonnet (SUI) was third. Alba De Silvestro (ITA) shone in the women, placing first ahead of Alexandra Hauser (AUT) and Marianne Fatton (SUI).

The winner of the Junior Men category is Pau Coll Turra (ESP) with a time of 23’21 ”, while Sébastien Guichardaz (ITA) and Andrea Prandi (ITA) are respectively second and third. In the junior women’s race, the extraordinary Ekaterina Osichkina (RUS) won gold, ahead of Giulia Murada (ITA) and Mallaurie Mattana (FRA).

The ISMF will be back soon on April 7 and 8 with the World Cup competitions being held in Madonna di Campiglio, Italy.

INDIVIDUAL
Cadets Men

1. Léo Besson (SUI)
2. Tobias Donnet (SUI)
3. Maxime Trombert (SUI)

Cadets Women
1. Caroline Ulrich (SUI)
2. Samantha Bertolina (ITA)
3. Madeleine Paillard (FRA)

Junior men
1. Andrea Prandi (ITA)
2. Julien Ançay (SUI)
3. Arthur Blanc (FRA)

Junior Women
1. Ekaterina Osichkina (RUS)
2. Justine Tonso (FRA)
3. Giulia Murada (ITA)

Hope Men
1. Davide Magnini (ITA)
2. Antonio Alcalde Sanchez (ESP)
3. Thibault Anselmet (FRA)

Hope Women
1. Alba De Silvestro (ITA)
2. Marianne Fatton (SUI)
3. Adèle Milloz (FRA)

Senior men
1. Robert Antonioli (ITA)
2. Michele Boscacci (ITA)
3. Kilian Jornet Burgada (ESP)

Senior women
1. Axelle Mollaret (FRA)
2. Laetitia Roux (FRA)
3. Emelie Forsberg (SWE)

VERTICAL
Cadets Men

1. Matteo Sostizzo (ITA)
2. Gheorghe-Petrut Jinga (ROM)
3. Léo Besson (SUI)

Cadets Women
1. Samantha Bertolina (ITA)
2. Caroline Ulrich (SUI)
3. Anna Folini (ITA)

Junior men
1. Pau Coll Turra (ESP)
2. Sébastien Guichardaz (ITA)
3. Andrea Prandi (ITA)

Junior Women
1. Ekaterina Osichkina (RUS)
2. Giulia Murada (ITA)
3. Malaurie Mattana (FRA)

Hope Men
1. Davide Magnini (ITA)
2. Antonio Alcalde Sanchez (ESP)
3. Rémi Bonnet (SUI)

Hope Women
1. Alba De Silvestro (ITA)
2. Alexandra Hauser (AUT)
3. Marianne Fatton (SUI)

Senior men
1. Kilian Jornet Burgada (ESP)
2. Davide Magnini (ITA)
3. Antonio Alcalde Sanchez (ESP)

Senior women
1. Axelle Mollaret (FRA)
2. Victoria Kreuzer (SUI)
3. Alba De Silvestro (ITA)

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