Feb 27, 2012
KILIAN JORNET WINS VERTICAL RACE OF TROFEO DELL’ETNA
Atomic athlete Kilian Jornet won the Vertical Race of the Trofeo Dell‘etna in Sicily/ Italy. On the technically challenging terrain he pulled ahead of his contestants with a slight margin.
The Trofeo dell’Etna is the second World Cup event in this season and comprises two races: the Vertical Race and an Individual Race. The winner of today’s Vertical Race was Kilian Jornet. On a difficult course that extends over 750 meters of difference in altitude and includes a stretch where skis need to be carried and crampons are mandatory, the Spaniard delivered a strong performance. The group of the strongest athletes remained close together right from the start, but Jornet was able to demonstrate his strength in ascents and won the race with a finishing time of 28.07.86, with the two Italians Manfred Reichegger and Pietro Lanfranchi in close pursuit. "I am very happy about this result. Winning the Vertical Race means a lot to me, because it is such a difficult competition. The sun and the heat posed the biggest challenge today and made the race extremely difficult," explained Kilian Jornet after crossing the finish line.