LAUSANNE, 25th March 2017 - Today the athletes competing in the Individual race, the first competition of the ISMF World Cup weekend in Prato Nevoso, had to contend with somewhat adverse weather and snow conditions. The combination of the rain of the last few days and the fog this morning, unfortunately meant that the local organisers had to cut out the crest of Mondole. However, despite these challenging conditions Mondole Ski Alp, under the guidance of Giorgio Colombo created a race with 18 changes of technique, 8 ascents with a total vertical rise of 1700m, covering a distance of 17km.

The winner of the Senior Men's category was the favorite, Damiano Lenzi of Italy with a time of 01:37:04.17 , followed by Austrian Jakob Herrman (01:37:48.88 ) and in third place another Italian, Matteo Eydallin (01:38:10.10). Lenzi commented that conditions were difficult and he was worried about breaking equipment, but he started out well and managed to keep the lead.

Laetitia Roux, France continued her dominance of the women's world cup with a time of 01:24:23.93, followed by Jennifer Fiechter, Switzerland (01:25:05.32 ) and another good placing for France with Axelle Mollaret in third place (01:26:12.09) - Laetitia Roux commented that it was a technical race, and for her particularly hard after Sochi and the Pierra Menta.

France hit the jackpot again with the Espoir Men, Samuel Equy, with second place going to Federico Nicolini, Italy   in front of Joris Perillat Pessey, France.

Italy claimed the race for the Women's Espoir category with  Alba De Silvestro, followed in second place by her team mate Giulia Compagnoni and the third position going to  Adèle Milloz, France

In the Junior Men's category Davide Magnini ( 01:13:17.74)  was a full 4 minutes ahead of second  Stefan Knopf from Germany, with third place taken by Nicolo Canclini, Italy.

Italy stole the show with the Junior Women coming in first with Mara Martini (01:07:17.98) and second with  Giulia Murada, third place was awarded to Spain's Julia Casanovas Cuairan.

Today the flower ceremony was presided over by no less than the ISMF President, Armando Mariotta. The Mondole team and all their volunteers will back in action strainght away preparing the track for tomorrow's ISMF Sprint World Cup, taking place near the pistes of Prato Nevoso.


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