Skimo World Cup 2017: Roux and Arnold win Sprint Cambre d´Aze. Claudia Galicia 2nd senior. Young golds for Julia & Iñigo

 

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The Skimo World Cup 2017 completed its second leg this weekend at Cambre d’Aze. Laetitia Roux and Robert Antonioli were the official winners at yesterday´individual after the stormy where the three top senior men (Jornet, Lenzi, Eydallin) were disqualified and Kilian Jornet issued a personal statement on the ISMF evolution.

In contrast, today´s sprints were raced with a brilliant sunshine and came close to having the very same final winners as yesterday. Laetitia Roux achieved a close victory over Claudia Galicia while Robert Antonioli ended up second after Iwan Arnold.  Follow us here to read the full race report, results and photos from the Catalan Pyrennees The Skimo World Cup now moves on to Turkey for the third leg to be held on FEB 11th.

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Skimo world cup Cambre d´Aze sprint: Laetitia Roux, Claudia Galicia, (C) ISMF

 

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SKIMO WORLD CUP CAMBRE D´AZE 2017: SPRINT

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Sunshine, eventually, made its way to the Pyrenees, for the last race of the French week end. On stage the first sprints of the year. Anticipation was big for the fastest of the disciplines of ISMF world Cup. Loads of powder, low temperature and a crystal clear sky: along the track course, shade and light were playing “hide and seek” as the qualifications went by.

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Some 56 gentlemen and 28 ladies were in the starting list. Looking back at the last year ranking, when italian Antonioli prevailed on german Palzer and swiss Arnold, we can say that the games remained almost the same, apart from Palzer who did not take part to any of the week end races, due to a heavy flu: “I am young, it is a pity for the world Cup ranking, but I really need some rest, as one of my goal are the Champs in Italy”.

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The Sprint senior men´s podium was 1-Iwan Arnold; 2-Andreas Steindler; 3-Robert Antonioli. The final victory went to the swiss Iwan Arnold, at his first, most longed, win of the career, while talian Robert Antonioli was third. n the middle it was another Swiss to find his way to the podium: Andreas Steindler put down a solid race with no fear of any competitors. It was not easy to find the right strategy: with a lot of fresh snow, creating bumps and tricky turns, any qualification segment was everything but a game.

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The sprint senior women´s top three were: 1- Laetitia Roux; 2-Claudia Galicia; 3-Deborah Chiarello.   “Very selective a sprint” was also the common impression delivered by the women who went directly to a very tight semi final, after the first runs of the qualifications. One Spaniard, one Swedish, two Swiss and two French ladies were the happy few contestants. The transitions areas turned out to be the key point of the race for many ladies. Looking at last year ranking, with record woman Roux in the lead, followed by Garcia Farres and Galicia Cotrina form Spain, you could expect a very tight battle among those ladies.

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And so it was: the final descent gave a great suspence to the audience as Claudia Galicia Cotrina from Spain started her way down in the lead. At the very last turn before the skating up to the finish line, Laetitia Roux gave full gas and made it to overcame the colleague just few metres before the finish, getting her second victory in a row for the week end. Deborah Chiarello from Switzerland completed the podium, confirming the good shape and positive trend of the whole Swiss team who manged to put three athletes on the sprint podium.

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The spanish skimo team by FEDME: From a local perspective, the spanish team celebrates three podiums. The silver senior women by Claudia Galicia, together with a gold for Julia Casanovas (in addition to her indiviual race bronze yesterday) and Iñigo Martinez gold among espoir men today, and also a great 5th place overall, as reflected by these three pics below, published by FEDME itself.

 

RESULTS CAMBRE D´AZE SPRINTS, HERE. 

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Info by Mayayo Oxígeno for Trailrunningspain

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