Since the 2015 Pierra Menta started on Wednesday, instead of traditionally on Thursday, the usual Saturday’s stage over and around Grand Mont was the final venue in this 30th edition of the race.
The top positions shuffled a bit today but not enough time was lost by the overall leading teams to spoil catching of the grand prize.
In men’s race, the French duo, William Bon Mardion & Xavier Gachet raced their hearts out in front of the huge home crowds to win the stage by 1 minute. Second today, but champions overall, were the strong Italians Damiano Lenzi & Matteo Eydalin.
The top 3 overall looked like this:
- M. Eydallin (IT) / D. Lenzi (IT) – 9h 22min 27s
- W. Bon Mardion (FR) / X. Gachet (FR) – 9h 25min 42s
- M. Boscacci / R. Antonioli – 9h 38min 54s
Women’s race also had a different winner than the last few days. Emelie Forsberg with Axelle Mollaret went for it today and won the stage by almost 3 min. The overall winners, Laetitia Roux & Mireia Miro, did a controlled race today and came in second.
Overall top 3 women teams:
- L. Roux (FR) / M. Miro (ES) – 11h43min10s
- A. Mollaret (FR) / E. Forsberg (S) – 11h51min17s
- S. Pont-Combe (SUI) / J. Fiechter (SUI) – 12h21min31s
As links to the official results are broken I don’t know how the North American teams did today. Except, a brief email summary from Eric Carter explains well how the Squamish boys raced today:
We got 15th today and clinched 15th overall! Grand Mont was f*** cool!
The first climb was essentially 1600m, split with just a short descent. Then another huge steep icy descent. Then up onto Grand Mont. First some super icy switchbacks. I started to struggle and asked for a tow but Nick said “No” 🙂 Then we hit the boot-pack and started charging again.
The via Ferrata was pretty crazy. It would have been pretty scary but we were rushing so much I didn’t look down much.
The crowds were nuts. Not only did they line the course but they were like 20 people deep in places. Every summit was packed and they screamed and funnelled us down to single file.
Pretty stoked with where we finished. A little shocked that we made it through four days without any real issues in terms of gear breakage or bodily harm considering the course so stoked about that! Now looking forward to a party!
Next race is the World Cup at Prato Nevoso in Italy. Then Mezzalama!
To put the 15th place in perspective, Eric and Nick matched the best North American placing at Pierra Menta when in 2013, the Canadian duo, Reiner Thoni and Andrew McNab finished 15th as well.