Axelle Gachet-Mollaret and Emily Harrop, queens of Pierra Menta
In the absence of their direct competitors in the World Cup, in particular the Italian…
In the absence of their direct competitors in the World Cup, in particular the Italian teams, there was no debate in the female opposition: Axelle Gachet-Mollaret and Emily Harrop, recent World Tag Team Championsatomized the women’s race, from the first round, taking 11 minutes on their first pursuers.
They then largely won each of the stages, the day’s as a bonus with more than four minutes on their first pursuers despite the reduced dimensions of the route (600 m of elevation only). On arrival, they take gold, 31 minutes ahead of another French duo, Léna and Candice Bonnel, and an Italian team (+ 51 minutes) made up of Martina Valmassoi and Elena Nicolini.
Xavier Gachet and William Bon Mardion too fair overall
It didn’t take long, this time again, for the children of the country to win, together, their first Pierra Menta. Material problems in the first stage which relegate William Bon Mardion (already victorious in 2013) and Xavier Gachet to five minutes from the first team when they were in the lead at halfway. I’stage 3 canceled and the greatly reduced day’s event will not allow them to return to a very regular Italian team, made up of Michele Boscacci and Davide Magnini. The first sign this Saturday his 4th victory; the second, his 2nd.
As for the two Arêchois, they take a new 2nd place, as in 2022, despite two stage victories, including the very short and nervous last event. Third in the general classification, another French team will not have been able to fully express themselves on this singular 37th edition of the Pierra Menta: Mathéo Jacquemoud (already two victories in the event in 2013 and 2016) and Samuel Equy will not do better than last year.