TORX: Day 2
A rough first night with some prestigious names dropping out early gives Montane athletes space to perform<
A challenging first night and punishing second day saw some big names unable to continue, as the race altitude increased through some of the highest passes in the course.
Most notably, 2-time winner of the TOR Franco Collé was forced to retire due to problems with his vision. Montane athlete Galen Reynolds to push into 2nd place – where he finished last years race – and has had race leader Oliviero Bostatelli under pressure ever since.
Throughout the day a number of other high-profile athletes dropped out of the race. Amongst them were Montane Athletes Simon Gfeller and Jenn Gaskell – a veteran of 3 TOR’s.
The races’ oldest competitor also withdrew from the race; 73 year old Joaquim Sampaio chose to remove himself from the race at Cogne. By this point more than 140 people have retired from the race – about 15% of the total race compliment