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Emelie & Luis Alberto European Champions

by Press Release
Friday 17th July 2015

Race report: Ice-Trail Tarentaise - Val d’Isère, France, Sunday, July 12, 2015

Luis Alberto Hernando © Ian Corless

Photos: Luis Alberto Hernando © Ian Corless

2014 Skyrunning World Champions Emelie Forsberg and Luis Alberto Hernando yet again proved they’re on top of the world, when they were crowned European Champions at the Ice-Trail Tarentaise at Val d’Isère, France.

The Skyrunning European Ultra Championships represented the final round after the Sky distance in Zegama and the Vertical in Chamonix.

The overall ranking points (based on the sum of the results of three men and one woman) awarded the gold medal to Spain, the silver to France and the bronze to Italy.

1 Gold Spain 874 Points
2 Silver France 616 Points
3 Bronze Italy 572 Points

21 medals were awarded across the three championships: 6 medals in each category (Vertical, Sky and Ultra) and the three top countries (Spain, France, Italy).

The aptly named “Ice-Trail” reaches the snowy peaks of the Grande Motte at 3,653m and five peaks touching 3,000m altitude – a gruelling test of high altitude performance skyrunning is renowned for. Race favourites were Emelie Forsberg and Luis Alberto Hernando, 2014 Skyrunning Ultra World Champions and now, also European Champions.

Emelie Forsberg © Ian Corless

Photos: Emelie Forsberg © Ian Corless

The men’s race saw Luis Alberto lead comfortably from start to finish, tailed by young Spanish talent Manuel Merillas with a constant 6-minute gap separating them. Luis Alberto closed in 7h43’ gaining a further minute over Manuel who closed in 7h50’27”. The record here was set back in 2013 by Kilian Jornet in 7h35’32” although the course has undergone some modifications since then. Third man was France’s Clement Molliet who sprinted to take the position Italian Fulvio Dapit had held throughout most of the race.

Emelie lead the women’s race with a strong lead and, despite feeling the altitude, she powered on to finish in 9h17’21”, just six minutes short of her record last year. Poland’s Magdalena Laczac closed in 9h30’37” and, in third position, Anna Strakova from the Czech Republic in 9h48’46”.

Men's results

1 Luis Alberto Hernando (ESP) adidas 7h43’00”
2 Manuel Merillas (ESP) Mammut/Compressport 7h50’27”
3 Clement Molliet (FRA)   7h54’29”
4 Fulvio Dapit (ITA) Crazy Idea /La Sportiva 8h05’14”
5 Fabien Antonilos (FRA)   8h10’25”

Women's results

1 Emelie Forsberg (SWE) Salomon 9h17’21”
2 Magdalena Laczak (POL) Salomon 9h30’37”
3 Anna Strakova (CZE) Czech Skyrunning 9h48’46”
4 Nuria Dominquez (ESP) FEDME /Buff 9h50’53”
5 Anna Comet (ESP) FEDME /Dynafit 10h19’01”

Click here for full race results

Skyrunning partner for the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series and European Championships Alpina Watches, awarded the European Champions Emelie Forsberg and Luis Alberto Hernando with a prestigious Alpina Horological Smartwatch.

Find out more at www.skyrunning.com or follow Skyrunning on Facebook and twitter for updates

Find out more about the Ice-Trail Tarentaise at: www.icetrailtarentaise.fr/


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