ANDORRA, 22ndJanuary 2017 – Charlemagne was right to set up in Andorra one of his kingdom’s headquarters. The reason? It is simple: it is a beautiful place and in the third millenium, the story we write is that of an “army” of Skimo skiers who fancy climbing and gliding in the pure snow of the Pyrenees. So they did this morning, during the first Vertical of the year of 2017 ISMF world Cup.  The track was set over La Massana, in the ski resort area of Arinsal. On the slope you could easily spot kids taking their first steps on the snow and big champions warming up on the race course, which developed for 730 D+ on a tricky terrain. «This is a very technical race because it starts smooth and winding and then climbs up with no rest», said Armando Mariotta ISMF president and Lluis Lopez VP Sport, congratulating with the Loc the andorran organizing Commette and the Fam - the Andorran mountaineering Federation. Going through the race, the athletes – 57 men and 25 ladies in the seniors -  had to deal with all the “elements”: sun at the start, some clouds in the middle section and finally a strong wind welcoming the best on top, at 2320 metres in the frame of Alt de Capa peak. For most of them those sounded like the most demanding 27 minutes of the day: the ladies races was a breathtaking sprint between swedish Emelie Forsberg who managed to svae some energy to cross the line with a big smile, ahead of Axelle Mollaret, tired, though happy for another podium in the week end. Third was Laura Orgue, much welcomed by the local crowd. Latetia Roux did not start. Also in the men race the fight was tough: the group of the most daring was quite crowded, but some of them paid too much forcing and in the end it was all matter of Switzeralnd who managed to score a victory with Marti Werner and a third place with Remi Bonnet. In second position Kilian Jornet Burgada took his owns back, looking positive for the first week end of the season. Now most of the athletes will stay on the Catalan pyrenees, hard training and slowly moving to Cambre D’Aze, in France which is ready to take over the world Cup adventure next week end with an Individual and a Sprint.


Results are online on ISMF website


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Werner Marti (SUI): I am so happy with my first victory in the world Cup: it has even a larger meaning because it came in a very hard race, after a strong battle. This gives me a big motivation for the future.


Emelie Forsberg (SWE): It is great, because I never thought I would be on top today: Vertical is not my strong side, but during the race I manage to stay close with Axelle (Mollaret) and Laura (Orgue) and then I thought that maybe as a sprinter, I could have tried to gear up at last, and it paid off.  




Lucia Galli


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