LAUSANNE, 26th March 2017 - The weather was a little bit kinder to the ISMF World Cup today in Prato Nevoso, with some sun shining on the Sprint competition. Although very close to the ski slopes, the track also incorporated sections off piste, and was appreciated by the athletes. Giorgio Colombo, president of the local organising committee, Mondole Ski Alp, praised volunteers and teams alike for creating a great event despite the challenge of dealing with difficult weather and snow conditions. 
The clear favourite to win the women's event was Laetitia Roux, France and she did not disappoint expectations, winning both the race and the Sprint speciality cup. The men's race today went to Italian Michele Boscacci, whereas his team mate Robert Antonioli took the title in the Sprint speciality cup.
Boscacci was surprised at his own win, “ I didn't think I could do it, but I was in good condition today, I made a great time during the qualifications, and was lucky to set of first in the descent during the final. I'm really happy as this was so unexpected
Roux commented, “ I watched the Juniors race on  this great sprint track, and they seemed really motivated. It's actually a hard race and it was good to see such clear enthusiasm during the last sprint of the season”.
The Senior Men's race today was very close, with Boscacci crossing the line just in front of his rival Iwan Arnold from Switzerland. Third place was taken by Daniel Zugg, Austria trailing slightly behind the other two.
Laetitia Roux of France was the clear winner of today's race as well as the speciality cup. The Spanish team however, did really well with second and third positions taken by  Marta Garcia Farrés  and Claudia Galicia Cotrina respectively.
The Junior Women were the first to hit the snow,  with Giulia Murada Italy taking first place in front of Julia Casanovas Cuairan, Spain and third place going to Marie Pollet-Villard of France.
Davide Magnini, Italy replicated yesterday's success beating the Swiss,  Arno Lietha, with third place taken by Maximilien Drion (FRA).
France took first and third place Espoir Men, with  Joris Perillat Pessey and Benjamin Chamoux respectively and second position to Spain's Oriol Cardona Coll.
The Swiss dominated the standings for Espoir Women taking first and second places with Déborah Chiarello and Marianne Fatton, and Adèle Milloz.of France ranked third.
The official prize giving ceremony, which included the Sprint Speciality cup was presented by Marco Mosso, ISMF Vice President.
Names and points of the Speciality Cup Winners:
Senior Women
1. Roux Laetitia (FRA) 300 points
2. Galicia Cotrina Claudia (ESP) 220 points
3. Garcia Farres Marta (ESP) 160 points
Senior Men
1. Antonioli Robert (ITA) 200 points
2. Boscacci Michele (ITA) 196 points
3. Arnold Iwan (SUI) 180 points
Full results here for the sprint race: https://tinyurl.com/k9yhsv5
Full results here for the sprint speciality cup: https://tinyurl.com/kje5786
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