Il Tor des Geants 2012 va all'ispanico Oscar Perez che ha tagliato il traguardo in Piazza Abbé Henry, a Courmayeur, in 75h56'31: Ormai definito il podio maschile e arrivata la prima donna, continuano a susseguirsi gli arrivi che avranno termine alle ore 12.00 del 15 settembre 2012: L'aventura del Tor des geants 2012, si muove così verso la sua conclusione: dopo l'arrvio dell'ultimo concorrente, vi sarà l'ultimo atto cerimoniale con le premiazioni, previste per domenica 16 settembre. Primo degli Italiani a tagliare il traguardo, è stato il valdostano Franco Colle, vincitrice della Valdigne 2012, mentre il primo posto del podio femminile é dell'italiana Francesca Canepa. in 99h13'56.
After Oscar Perez' victorious arrival in the Abbé Henry Square in Courmayeur, numerous spectators enthusiastically applauded the runners-up as they crossed the finish line
New emotions for each arrival.
What a moving moment! All his family (wife, children and relatives) were there to share with him this long-awaited end to an adventure.
A remarkable time, too, an hour less than last year's winner. "Scientific studies have shown that it's best to start really fast and slow down later on, which is the strategy I used, risking paying the consequences. It was a tactic established from the beginning and the race quickly became a contest among the three of us. Oscar was the fastest straightaway! Christophe goes well downhill and I go uphill a lot better, each of us makes the most of the other but always with a positive spirit! It's the hardest and the most beautiful race in the world. I have as much respect for the finishers as I have for those who pull out because it's really hard. In the world of trails, this is the race that speaks for itself!"
Prima tra l e donne l'italiana Francesca Canepa.
Showing signs of fatigue, Christophe Le Saux crossed the finish line after 80 hours and 14 minutes. "Oscar was the strongest, he ran a great race. It's always a pleasure to compete in Aosta Valley where the local people cheer us on all along the route. It's really a fantastic environment! I came second last year, third this year so I'd better come back next year to take first place!"
On Wednesday evening another two trailers crossed the finish line in an ecstatic mood. Spain's Pablo Criado Toca, after 83 hours 37 minutes, expressed his joy; "Rankings don't matter to me. It's a contest against oneself, victory is in your soul, the aim is to arrive at the finish as well as possible!"
Franco Colle, an Italian from Aosta Valley, (winner of the Valdigne Gran Trail 2012 - 57 km) arrived fifth and received a hero's welcome sprayed with champagne! "I've thought they were all mad since the first edition! It's just the most unbelievable race with the people of Aosta Valley ready to help all of us along the route. It's awesome to see an entire region take part like that! Moreover, all my friends were often there on the passes and at night!"
The first woman to arrive at 1.13 pm was Francesca Canepa despite two suspensions of the race; the first at Barmasse because of a landslide at 1.20am on Wednesday and the second at the Frassati refuge at 3.30am on Thursday due to snow and wind. The welcome that she received matched her fine performance! Taking the lead at Valgrisenche (48km), she gradually managed to widen the gap.
"I'm so happy because it's a beautiful and very, very difficult experience. My worst moment was at the beginning of the race at La Thuile (17 km) when I didn't feel at all well. After that, it went better. I hadn't planned my rest times so actually the compulsory stops made me rest, which was an advantage".
There's a fierce contest for second place between another two Italians, Sonia Glarey and Patrizia Pensa.
Will the women's podium be an all-Italian one?
In spite of recent weather conditions, there are still more than 410 trailers competing. For them there are only 3 days and 2 nights left.
The Tor is not yet over, though! The last runner will cross the finish line at 9.00 pm on Saturday.
The time barrier has been extended by 5 hours after the race was stopped on Thursday morning between 3.30am and 9.00am
RESULTS AND STATISTICS Men 1- Oscar PEREZ - SPAIN - 75:56:31 2- Grégoire MILLET - FRANCE - 78:50:03 3- Christophe LE SAUX - FRANCE - 80:14:14
Women 1- Francesca CANEPA - ITALY - 99:13:56 Oscar Perez' awards' list - 39 years - Spanish - team altecsport -
Solitary and self-sufficient ascension of l'Aneto, Posets et Monte Perdido (Pyrénées) in less than 24 hours 2011 1st Les Fonts de Xerta 2nd in the Romeufontaine 1str in the Grand Raid des Pyrénées 1str in the 6666 Occitane 2012 1st Grand Raid Occitane 2012 1st l'Ultra-Trail Puy Mary Aurillac 1st Ultra-Trail d'Andorre (170 km) Grégoire Millet's awards' list - 50 years - France Professor of sport physiology at the University of Lausanne, he was the trainer of the French National Triathlon team during the Sydney Olympic Games. In 2011 he competed in Tor des Géants® as part of a study on the effect of fatigue in endurance trails. He trained for a year to prepare for that race, losing 15 kg. He came 33rd due to tendonitis in his knee. In 2012, he approached the race with less training and with less pressure related to the studies Christophe Le Saux's awards' list - 40 years - France - Team Hoka 2011 2nd Tor des Géants® 1st Track Outback Race (Australia) 1st Cordillera Huay Huach (Peru) 2nd Tour de la Grande Casse 2012 5th Trace des Ducs de Savoie™ 1stla Cordillera Blanca (Pérou) 6th Marathon des Sables 4th Tour de la Grande Casse 1st Guyane Trail 5th Annapurna 100 Francesca Canepas's awards' list - 41 years - Italy - team Vibram 2011 2nd Trace des Ducs de Savoie™ 2012 1st AbbotsWay Campionato Italiano Trail 120km 5500D+ 1stTrail de vulcain 1st Challenge Charles et Alice 1st Trail les aventuriers de la Drôme 105 km 1st Trail de Mirmande 1st Maratona alpina Val della Torre 2nd Trail du crêt de l'oiseau du Beaujolais 2nd Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc® Programme Saturday 15th September
16:00 Arrival of the last runners at Courmayeur Sunday 16th September - Jardin de l'Ange Courmayeur
11:00 Prize-giving ceremony and farewell drinks