Plenty of surprises, twists and turns occurred during the SkyRace finale in the Skyrunner® World Series. Alexis Sevennec from France and Megan Kimmel from the USA won the race thanks to the last acrobatic descent. This win was twice as important for the star of Team Adidas: passing Orguè from Spain during the steep descent to Limone sul Garda, she also won the 2016 title. Due to the many points racked up during the season, Tadei Pivk from Friuli confirms his crown as the international Skyrunning king. Unable to participate due to flu, which prevented him from running in the final, the champion of Team Crazy still maintained his leadership in the ranking.
But let's go in order. After the torrential rain on Friday night, when Philip Götsch and Christel Dewalle were crowned the king and queen of the Vertical Climb, this morning it was spectacular with a capital "S" for the second finale of Skyrunner® World Series. The test for these skyrunning giants was an extremely technical 27.4 km course climbing to 2,450 meters. There were nearly 600 athletes, but Pivk, Remi Bonnet (out for muscle strains), and Marco De Gasperi from Italy (absent due to a flight delay) did not participate. These three absences invited the other great champions like Stian Angermund from Norway, Marco Moletto from Italy, Rok Bratina from Slovenia, and Alexis Sevennec form France to take advantage of the situation. In the women's race, Laura Orgué of Spain tried to outdistance French athletes Celine Lafaye and Maya Chollet on the first steep climb.
The race really got going on the Mughera slope (2nd ascent) with Marco Moletto who tried to make a different, making the most of his climbing skills. Once again, the difference emerged on the technical, steep descent leading to the finish. Here Alexis Sevennec, the alpine skier of Team Scott, left everyone behind, arriving alone, cheered on by the fans, on Lungolago Marconi. He took first place with a time of 2h46'49". Hector Haines came in second with a time of 2h51'41", while third place went to Kiril Nikolov from Bulgaria with a time of 2h52'04". Rok Bratina, fourth place, and Marco Moletto, fifth place, did a great job as well. In the women's category, Kimmel made an amazing move, overtaking her adversary to reach the finish line after 3h17'35". Laura Orguè took second place with a time of 3h18'42" and Celine Lafayne came in third with a time of 3h19'22".
Leading the ranking for the cup is Tadei Pivk, followed by Hassan Ait Chaou and Kirl Nikolov. In the women's category, Kimmel took the top step on the podium, with Laura Orguè and Yngvild Kaspersen second and third, respectively.
Not only the World Cup races were featured: the event on Lake Garda that welcomed over 1,000 athletes from 36 different countries also included a 10k for under-18 athletes and newcomers to the specialty. Andrea Rota, a sixteen-year-old athlete from Lecco and member of Team Salomon, took first place and was followed by Marti Teixido from Spain and Andrea Prandi from Valtellina, Italy. In the women's category Matleena Bostrom from Finland took first prize and was followed by Jennifer Fiechter from Switzerland and Torun Overgaard Aarvik from Norway.