The 2019 Ski Mountaineering World Cup gets off to a flying start in Bischofshofen, Austria

Bischofshofen in Austria hosted the first stage of the Ski Mountaineering World Cup. 2019.Robert Antonioli and Marianne Fatton won the Sprint race, while the Individual race was won by Michele Boscacci and Axelle Mollaret.

The first stage of the 2019 Ski Mountaineering World Cup took place from January 18 to 20 in Bischofshofen in Austria and got off to the best possible start. 111 athletes representing 16 different nations opened the season with the Sprint competition, won by Italian expert Robert Antonioli and young Swiss Marianne Fatton. Switzerland’s Iwan Arnold and Spain’s Claudia Galicia Cotrina won silver, ahead of Italy’s Nicolò Ernesto Canclini and Spain’s Marta Garcia Farres who won bronze.

After fatigue on Friday and a rest day on Saturday, the first individual race took place on Sunday and was won by Italian Michele Boscacci and Frenchwoman Axelle Mollaret. Boscacci dodged the peloton on the first descent and held on to the lead until the finish, stopping the clock after 1:26:14, 24 seconds ahead of teammate Robert Antonioli, while Switzerland’s Werner Marti took the lead third after timing with 1:26:45. Federico Nicolini placed fourth, Nadir Maguet fifth. On the women’s side, Mollaret controlled the race from start to finish, taking 1:14:30 to complete the track which had been changed at the last minute due to heavy snowfall. Claudia Galicia Cotrina of Spain and Marianne Fatton are ranked second and third respectively, ahead of Alba De Silvestro.

The World Cup continues next week at Font Blanca in Andorra with the Vertical and Individual races.

SPRINT
Senior Men

1. Robert Antonioli (ITA)
2. Iwan Arnold (SUI)
3. Nicolò Ernesto Canclini (ITA)

Senior Women
1. Marianne Fatton (SUI)
2. Claudia Galicia Cotrina (ESP)
3. Marta Garcia Farres (ESP)

Hope Man
1. Nicolò Ernesto Canclini (ITA)
2. Arno Lietha (SUI)
3. Thibault Anselmet (FRA)

Hope Woman
1. Adele Milloz (FRA)
2. Lena Bonnel (FRA)
3. Giulia Murada (ITA)

Junior men
1.Patrick Perreten (SUI)
2. Aurelien Gay (SUI)
3. Leo Besson (SUI)

Junior women
1. Samantha Bertolina (ITA)
2. Valeria Pasquazzo (ITA)
3. Miruna-Maria Girbacea (ROU)

INDIVIDUAL
Senior Men
1. Michele Boscacci (ITA)
2. Robert Antonioli (ITA)
3. Werner Martí (SUI)

Senior Women
1. Axelle Mollaret (FRA)
2. Claudia Galicia Cotrina (ESP)
3. Marianne Fatton (SUI)

Hope Men
1. Samuel Equiy (FRA)
2. Hans-Inge Klette (NOR)
3. Thibault Anselmet (FRA)

Hope Woman
1. Giulia Murada (ITA)
2. Mara Martini (ITA)
3. Arina Riatsch (SUI)

Junior men
1. Aurelien Gay (SUI)
2. Giovanni Rossi (ITA)
3. Patrick Perreten (SUI)

Junior women
1. Samantha Bertolina (ITA)
2. Valeria Pasquazzo (ITA)
3. Miruna-Maria Girbacea (ROU)