Super stars Kilian Jornet and Emelie Forsberg, recently crowned world champions, are ready for tomorrow’s Dolomites SkyRace® along with a record field of 800 participants.
Despite very hot temperatures, unlike last year, the pace may not be as hot without Marco Degasperi pushing Kilian to set the record with a 3” sprint to close in 2h00’11”. After his recent Hardrock 100 record, Kilian is feeling some tiredness in his legs as his 8th place in Friday’s Vertical Kilometer® attests. However, he says he’s looking forward to Sunday’s short steep SkyRace® and will unquestionably feel at home on the snow-covered 3,152m Piz Boè summit.
Providing the competition will be Italians Tadei Pivk, Fulvio Dapit, Fabio Bazzana and Matteo Piller Hoffer; Spaniards Manuel Merillos, Pablo Villa, Artiz Egea, Miguel Caballero; Ionut Zinca; Zaid Ait Malek; Nejc Kuhar; Norwegians Thorbjorn Ludvigsen and Eirik Haugsness; and Frenchmen Matheo Jacquemoud, Alexis Sevennec, Nicolas Pianet.
Emelie Forsberg, after her recent World Champion Ultra title in Chamonix and her win in the 65 km Ice-Trail only last week, is looking forward to racing the short steep course, very well suited to her talents.
Friday’s Vertical Kilometer® winner and Skyrunning Vertical World Champion Laura Orguè will race tomorrow and taking up the “double” challenge will also be Antonella Confortola, Christel Dewalle and Stephanie Jimenez. Maite Maiora, just 10’ behind Emelie, was 4th here last year.
The spectacular 22 km course counts 3,404m vertical ascent and descent, enough climb, altitude and snow to whet the appetite of the most demanding skyrunners, all 800 of them.
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