Edizione 2017
Catalonia's flag on the 20th edition of Dolomites Skyrace
sabato 22 luglio 2017

The 20th anniversary of the Dolomites Skyrace has the colors of Spain, or better, of Catalonia. Two are the athletes whose performances will be carved on the wall of fame of the competition: Laura Orguè, one of the pillars of the skyrunning world and a “rookie”, whose name will be heard for sure in the next years, Margarit Solé. Whilst for what the queen of the competition concerns, it can be said it was not an unexpected result at all- as Laura Orguè has won also in 2014 and 2016-, but the king’s name of the Dolomites Skyrace was a surprise, testifying the generational change the skyrunning world is about to experience. The second place of Davide Magnini - class 1997 - is the confirmation of such belief about the upcoming change, as his performance was astonishing, leading the run with an incredible rhythm until the last hundred meters of the race. The two young athletes had the ability and strength to surpass an experienced athlete such as Marco De Gasperi - class 1977-, who has come back to the Dolomites Skyrace after four years to gain the victory: his good performance did not gain him the victory, but allowed him to reach the finish line before Tadei Pivk, the winner of the latest two editions, which today seemed to have some troubling issues, and before other phenomenal athletes. The generational change belief is also strengthened by the athlete on the 4th position, the Swiss Remi Bonnet, aged 22. Talking about the female ranking, the podium has been completed with the names of the American (with French passport) Hillary Gerardi - class 1986 same as Laura Orguè- and the Norvegian Hilde Aders -class 1991- whilst the Italian Silvia Rampazzo ranked 4th. In the female top ten, an unexpected high number of nations have been represented, with participants from Spain, United States, Norway, Italy, Czech Republic, Poland and Denmark, an extraordinary melting pot that underlines the importance of this unmissable event. More than a thousand participants, from 41 nations, were welcomed at Piazza Marconi, ready to get the competition started. The start was postponed by 30 minutes, due to the awkward weather conditions -i.e. fog and rain- that affected not only the starting time, but the whole route. In fact, the participants not only began their competition at 9.00 am, but also the track was modified. The suggestive passage to Piz Boè, that today was a isle in an ocean of clouds, was cut off. Though, another passage was added to the itinerary, making it analog in length to the original route of the race (22,7 km with 1.710 meters positive gap). Since the very start, the leading group of the race was made up of the “grimpeur”, i.e. the athletes willing to push harder in the uphill section; one among the many, Remi Bonnet, who positioned 2nd in the Vertical Kilometer of Friday and whose exceptional physical conditions allowed him to keep an incredible rhythm also today, reaching Col dei Rossi as leader, followed by Magnini at 10 second, Ueda at 16”, Anthamatten at 23”, Maguet at 24”, Egli at 32”, De Gasperi at 1’ and Solè at 1’12”. Already here, Pivk was pretty delayed, suffering almost 2’. Further on the route, at Forcella Pordoi, Bonnet has a 6 seconds advantage on Magnini, 1’15” on Anthamatten, 2’ on Ueda, 2’30 on Egli and De Gasperi and 2’40” on Solé. At the Rifugio Boè passage, where the descent starts, the ranking did not see any extremely relevant changes: Magnini and Anthamatten attacked Bonnet, which succumbing to the attack of Magnini and Anthamatten and then also to Solè and De Gasperi, lost some precious positions. The run down Val Lasties being a really fast and fearless part, a section where Solé seems to suffer a bit, but after having passed through the valley, the Catalan sky runner changes his rhythm, literally flying to Canazei. Magnini, always on the second position, changes his rhythm too, coming closer to the leader of the competition, but then deciding to manage the race. Marco De Gasperi accelerates the rhythm of the group, outperforming the Swiss runners and fearlessly catching the third place. On the finish line, the Salomon Team dominates, first place for Margarit Solé with the time of 2h6’20”, a good time, but not comparable with the records of the previous years, as the track was different, second place for Davide Magnini with 2h6’42”, fourth place for Remi Bonnet with 2h7’40” fifth place for Martin Anthamatten with the same time as Bonnet. Between them, at the third place, the Italian Marco De Gasperi of the Team Hoka 11 with 2h7’05”. Switzerland again on the 6th place, with Pascal Egli (Dynafit) with 2h8’41”, followed by two athletes of La Sportiva Team, i.e. Tadei Pivk (2h09’43”) and Martin Stofner. The top ten is completed with Ruy Ueda (Montrail & Mhw) with 2h11’09” and Nadir Maguet (La Sportiva) with 2h12’37”. For Solé this is the fourth victory of the season, after the victory of Trail Cup de Creus, at the Olla de Nuria and Vertical Cabanera. For what the female race concerns, the competition was pretty flat: at Col dei Rossi Laura Orgué has distanced Kchrova by 1 minute, Azkorbebetia by 1’10”, Aders by 1’30”, Gerardi and Jimenez by 1’40”, still, Kozielska and Silvia Rampazzo by more than 2 minutes. At the Rifugio Boè passage Laura Orgué has a 3’30” advantage on Aders, closely followed by Gerardi abd Krchova and Azkorbebetia. During the descent the Spanish athlete manages the situation, but the followers are struggling to gain a better position, in particular Silvia Rampazzo gains plenty of positions, but not reaching the podium, whilst Azkorbebetia and Aders are feeling the soaring muscles. On the finish line, Laura Orguè closes her race in 2h36’29”, followed by Hillary Gerardi (Compressport) with 2h37’55”, Hilde Aders (Tromso Lopeklubb) with 2h39’55”, Silvia Rampazzo (Tornado Scarpa) with 2h42’10”, Zuzana Krchova (Czech Skyrunning Team) with 2h 43’21”, Magdalena Kozielska (Polish Cross Country) with 2h44’8”, Oihana Azkorbebetia (Euskal Mendizale Federazioa) with 2 h44’42”, Stephanie Jimenez (Team Salomon) with 2h45’38”, Katrine Villumsen (Dynafit) with 2h47’30” and Paola Gelpi (Maddalene Sky Team) with 2h51’19”. The finish line has been crossed by more almost 900 athletes, a record. Also the timing track on the slope named after Diego Perathoner has to be underlined, as there was also an internal race on this track for participants with bib number from 100 on only. Ruy Ueda recorded the best time, followed by Franco Torresani (Bogn da Nia). For what the Memorial Diego Perathoner –the merged ranking of Sellaronda Ski Marathon and the Dolomites Skyrace- concerns, the winner is Tadei Pivk among the male athletes, and Marianne Moretti for the female category. Tomorrow the long skyrunning week end of the 20th edition of the Dolomites Skyrace will come to the end with the Mini Skyrace, the competition for kids up to 17 years, that will see the start of three different batteries. Start at 11.00 am from Piazza Marconi.

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