Montane Tor des Géants: Race day 5 (Thursday)
RACE DAY 5 (Thursday)
Date: 15 September 2016
At the start of day 5 of the first Montane sponsored Tor des Géants, the confirmed leaderboard looks like this:
- 1st = Oliviero Bosatelli (ITA) – FINISHED 13:10 Wednesday 14 September | 75 hrs 10 mins 22 seconds
- 2nd = Oscar Perez Lopez (ES) – FINISHED 19:14 Wednesday 14 September | 81 hrs 14 mins 10 seconds
- 3rd = Pablo Criado Toca (ES) – FINISHED 21:40 Wednesday 14 September | 83 hrs 40 mins 10 seconds
- 1st = Lisa Borzani (ITA) – FINISHED 05:20 Thursday 15 September | 91 hrs 09 mins 44 seconds
- 2nd = Stephanie Case (PS) – FINISHED Thursday 15 September | 98 hrs 15 mins 27 seconds
- 3rd = Maria Semerjian (FR) – FINISHED Thursday 15 September | 100 hrs 18 mins 42 seconds
After the momentous arrivals of the first Montane sponsored Tor des Géants runners yesterday, over the course of day 5, more runners cross the line to claim their well deserved race positions. First lady Lisa Borzani finishes at 05:09 early this morning, having run a superb race and leading since the town of Chardonney (83 miles / 133.2km in). Watch the video of her race finish here (fast forward to around 3:30 for her arrival).
Following the soaring temperatures and bright sunshine at the start of the TDG, on race day 5 the clouds set in and rain begins to fall, testing our competitors’ race kit and resilience further.
Location: Between Ollomont and Courmayeur
Yesterday we were anxiously watching the tracker and social media for news from #TeamMontane’s Julio Cernuda Aldecoa. Having run so strongly in the earlier stages of the race, he began to fall back on race day 4, with a long gap between leaving the Ollomont life station and checking in at Saint-Rhémy en-Bosses. Happily, he arrived there at 13:18 on race day 5! One major climb, Col Malatrà now stands between him and the Courmayeur finish line. Registering at Rifugio Frassti at 17:14, then at Rifugio Bertone on the other side of Col Malatrà at 22:47, his pace has seemingly picked up. Finally, just past midnight (00:09), he crosses the finish line in 53rd place! The first of the #TeamMontane athletes to arrive back in Courmayeur, congratulations Julio!
Location: Between Saint-Rhémy en-Bosses and Courmayeur
On race day 4, Czech #TeamMontane athlete Petra Mücková was propelling herself towards the town of Oyace, passing over Col Vessonaz (2,788m) overnight. She was ranked in the high 70s at this point, with a trajectory that promised an even lower number position. She arrives at Oyace at 04:59 on race day 5, then Ollomont life station at 10:18, taking a pause of around 2.5 hours. With only two major climbs – Col Champillon (2,709m) and Col Malatrà (2,936m) – left, she is looking strong. She passes through Saint-Rhémy en-Bosses at 17:27, registering at the Rifugio Frassati a short while later at 20:35. At this point, she is ranked in the high 60s and around 10th in the ladies category. She is the first Czech lady and 2nd Czech runner overall after Petr Kucera! We leave her heading towards Rifugio Bertone overnight and an anticipated strong finish in Courmayeur on race day 6 (Friday).
Location: Between Valtournenche and Saint-Rhémy en-Bosses
#TeamMontane Brit runner Jenn Gaskell was journeying between Valtournenche life station (149 miles / 239km in) and Rifugio Cunéy after a short, sharp turnaround at Valtournenche on race day 4. She arrives at Rifugio Cunéy at 06:28 on race day 5, registers at the town of Oyace at 13:52 after passing over Col Vessonaz (2,788m), before clocking in at Ollomont life station (178 miles / 287.2km in) at 18:30. We have previously reported that her race strategy was to take shorter breaks at life stations, enabling her to race at a steady speed and move her way slowly but surely up the field. Sure enough, at Ollomont, she pauses for just under 1.5 hours, leaving at 19:56 in pursuit of the next checkpoint at Saint-Rhémy en-Bosses, where she is expected in the early hours of race day 6 (Friday). Having placed at 126th and 19th lady at the end of race day 4, she is now ranking 117thand 17th lady! Furthermore, she is 2nd British lady after Natalie White (who has already finished) and 3rd Brit overall behind Ake Fagereng and Natalie.
Location: Between Valtournenche and Ollomont
Finally, #TeamMontane’s Ari Veltman was battling with a bad right knee yesterday, but digging deep in a quest to finish. He pulled up for a rest at Valtournenche yesterday afternoon, setting off just after midnight on race day 5 towards Rifugio Cunéy. Facebook reports surface that he struggling before his descent to Ollomont, where he eventually clocks in at 20:10. He plans to sleep for a few hours and get further help with his knees and feet before continuing on. His sense of humour is serving him well in the latter stages of this challenging race. Leaving Ollomont, he is anticipated at Saint-Rhémy en-Bosses in the early hours of Friday morning.
Watch the highlights from day 5 below:
- Read more about Ari Veltman’s incredible journey here
- Read more about #TeamMontane TDG athletes here
- Track competitors live here
- View the TDG Flickr photo gallery from pre-race and race day 1 here
- View the TDG Flickr photo gallery from race day 2 here
- View the TDG Flickr photo gallery from race day 3 here
- View the TDG Flickr photo gallery from race day 4 here
- View Montane’s TDG photo gallery from pre-race here
- Watch Montane’s TDG race start video here
- Read Montane’s pre-race and day 1 report and watch the daily highlights from day 1 here
- Read Montane’s day 2 report and watch the daily highlights from day 2 here
- Read Montane’s day 3 report and watch the daily highlights from day 3 here
- Read Montane’s day 4 report and watch the daily highlights from day 4 here