Dolomites Vertical Kilometer® - Dewalle & Goetsch winners - Migu Run Skyrunner® World Series

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Christel Dewalle, race winner. ©iancorless.com

Christel Dewalle, race winner. ©iancorless.com

 

Today’s iconic Dolomites Vertical Kilometer® didn’t disappoint and it was an uphill battle all the way to a breathless summit at 2,465m altitude.

It was a fast and furious race in the men’s field resulting in a new course record set by Italian Philip Goetsch in 32’38”, shaving 5” off the previous record belonging to Kilian Jornet.

Ladies’ start, Dolomites VK. ©iancorless

Ladies’ start, Dolomites VK. ©iancorless

 

France’s Christel Dewalle took the day in the women’s field, closing in 38’21”, 1’37” ahead of Norway’s Eli Anne Dvergsdal and, race favourite and Vertical World Champion, Laura Orgué, 1’41”. Laura still holds the 38’14” record.

Race favourite, Urban Zemmer, the previous record holder and 4-times winner of the race, powered up the first half the 2,4 km course. Only Goetsch could hold the pace behind him.

It was at the col on the last stretch that Goetsch changed gear and overtook Zemmer to take the win and the record. The 3rd and 4th positions were battled out between Slovenian Nejc Kuhar and Columbian Saul Padua Rodriguez, with Rodriguez overtaking Kuhar.

VK winners Philip Goetsch & Christel Dewalle. ©iancorless.com

VK winners Philip Goetsch & Christel Dewalle. ©iancorless.com

 

Race results

Men

1. Philip Goetsch (ITA) – 32’38”

2. Urban Zemmer (ITA) La Sportiva – 32’54”

3. Saul Padua Rodriguez (COL) Crazy Idea – 34’03”

4. Nejc Kuhar (SLO) La Sportiva – 34’20”

5. Marco Moletto (ITA) La Sportiva – 34’26”

Women

1. Christel Dewalle (FRA) adidas – 38’21”

2. Eli Anne Dvergsdal (NOR) Il Gular – 39’34”

3. Laura Orgué (ESP) Salomon – 40’02”

4. Francesca Rossi (ITA) La Sportiva – 40’09”

5. Seraina Boner (SUI) Salomon – 4049”

The Col, VK course. ©iancorless

The Col, VK course. ©iancorless

 

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Anticipation mounts for the all-star cast for Sunday’s Dolomites SkyRace® to the summit of the 3,152m Piz Boè dominating the town of Canazei which hosts the 18th edition of this legendary race.

The Dolomites SkyRace® will also represent an occasion to win a luxury Alpina Horological Smartwatch. As Official Watch of the 2015 Skyrunner® World Series and European Skyrunning Championships, Alpina Watches will award these two prestigious prizes based on the Alpina Smart Time Prize, an exclusive formula, devised by Alpina Watches and the ISF. It is based on timing at the highest point of the race, in this case the Piz Boè, 3,152m. A bonus is given to younger and older competitors, putting everyone at the same level, irrespective of the final race results.

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