Date: Wednesday 13 September 2017
Race: Montane Tor des Géants
Race leaderboard at the start of day 4:
- 1st = Javi Dominguez (ES) 67:52:15 [new course record]
- 2nd = Oliviero Bosatelli (IT) 69:16:19
- 3rd = Andrea Macchi (IT) 74:51:14
- 1st = Lisa Borzani (IT) 89:40:24
- 2nd = Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote (ES)
- 3rd = Stephanie Case (PL)
A dramatic day for the Montane Tor des Géants (TDG). In the beautiful yet brutal Aosta Valley, nothing is certain and this year’s race is no exception. The first of the race runners reach Courmayeur, signalling the slow but steadily increasing stream of finishers on Via Roma.
Yesterday saw Franco Collé set a scorching pace, with a gap of 3 hours on Javi Dominguez. In the early hours of day 4 however, word surfaced that he had withdrawn in a shock twist. Race organisers report: “Despite a few minutes of rest at Bosses base life, Franco Collé, after a tough battle with the Basque Dominguez decided to withdraw and not start again his race for the last 22 miles until the finish line in Courmayeur. Fatigue prevailed over the mind and heart. The decision was taken at 2:05am.”
The way is open for Dominguez and he crosses the finish line in a record-breaking time of 67 hours 52 minutes, smashing the previous record of 70 hours 4 minutes held by Spain’s Iker Karrera. Last year’s winner, Oliviero Bosatelli, comes in in 2nd place in 69 hours 16 minutes. Andrea Macchi follows in 74 hours 51 minutes.
Watch the live videos of Dominguez and Bosatelli crossing the finish line on Montane’s facebook page:
Meanwhile in the women’s category, Lisa Borzani, who has had the TDG sewn up since the beginning in textbook style, crosses the finish line on day 4 in 89:40:24. She places 11th overall with a gap of approx. 10 hours on Silvia Ainhoa Trigueros Garrote, who is on her way to Rifugio Frassati (2,537m; 197 miles / 317.4km).
Japanese #TeamMontane competitor, Kota Toriumi, was running strongly at the end of day 3, catapulting himself up the field. At 08:50 on day 4 (21st place), he reaches Rifugio Cunéy (2,656m; 161 miles / 259.9km). By 17:58 after a short rest at the Ollomont lifestation he is back on the trail, powering on towards Bosses and the return to Courmayeur.
Yesterday Petra Mücková was beginning to show signs of fatigue from an early strong pace. She was in 12th position in the ladies category, running between Niel and Gressoney-St-Jean. On day 4, she arrives Gressoney at 00:28 and appears to have pulled up. Unofficial race reports reveal she has unfortunately withdrawn.
On day 3 #TeamMontane’s US athlete Kevin Hadfield had reached Niel at 21:05 in 137th position. Taking a steady pace, on day 4, he is reaping the benefits! He is recorded at Gressoney at 02:16, recharging and heading back out at 07:42. His pace gradually begins to pick up throughout the day and he leapfrogs up the rankings to 98th place. He reaches Valtournenche at 17:24, taking a much shorter break and heading back out overnight at 18:22.
Debbie Martin-Consani is still very much in contention also. Having reached Niel at 23:59 on day 3, she clocks in at Gressoney at 04:55, taking around 3.5 hours rest. At 23:45, she leaves the next lifestation at Valtournenche. She is currently in 20th position in the women’s race.
And last, but not least, Stefano Gregoretti had reached Rifugio della Barma (111 miles / 178km) at the end of day 3. Running overnight, he registers at Niel at 02:03 on day 4. Gressoney follows at 08:34 and by the end of the day he has made Champoluc and is headed for Valtournenche. He is currently in 194th position.
At the end of day 4, 571 remain in race, 296 withdrawals – a withdrawal rate of 34%.
DAYS 2-4 VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS
Race: Montane Tot Dret
The first ever Tot Dret is this year – 81 miles / 130km with a cut off time of 38 hours. 375 racers line up in Gressoney-St-Jean. They face forecasts of cold, rain and snow higher up, but spirits are high and at 21:00 on Wednesday 13 September, they are unleashed!
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- Read the report from day 3 here
- Read the report from day 2 here
- Read the report from pre-race and day 1 here
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- Or visit the race website
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Montane Tot Dret
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