FIRST SOLO EVENT AT THE SKI MOUNTAINEERING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PELVOUX, FRANCE, WITH 3RD PLACE IN THE INDIVIDUAL RACE.
For most of the technically challenging course covering over 1,700 vertical meters, Jornet - the 2011 defending champion - battled it out with the Frenchmen William Bon Mardion and Matheo Jacquemoud. A strong performer on ascents, Jornet managed to gain a lead of a few seconds in each of the climbing sections, but the two French competitors were never far behind.
It was only in the final descent that it became clear which of the three top athletes would take victory. Bon Mardion emerged victorious following a perfect descent, with Jacquemoud and Jornet forced to concede defeat. The dual for second place then continued all the way to the finish line, with the Frenchman finishing a whisker ahead.
Jornet commented on today's race: "William, Matheo and I stuck close together all the way, it was a really strong and fast race. In the second ascent, I was slightly ahead, maybe by around 30 seconds. In the last descent we were close together again, all within 5 seconds. William was really strong in the descent, it was almost impossible to follow him. Unfortunately, I was having problems with my binding as well and this made it even harder to match William's pace. So Matheo and I had a sprint to the finish. It was a really nice race, technically challenging and with some great descents."
Jornet commented on the special circumstances of the World Championships: "I didn't feel under any pressure going into the race as the 2011 World Champion, I looked on it the same way as any other race. I felt very good in the ascents today and I hope it'll be the same tomorrow in the Vertical Race. I'm really looking forward to that."
FOLLOWED BY VICTORY IN THE SECOND INDIVIDUAL RACE AT THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS – TITLE SUCCESSFULLY DEFENDED.
The Vertical Race at the Ski Mountaineering World Championships in Pelvoux (FRA) gave ATOMIC athlete Kilian Jornet the opportunity to defend his 2011 World Champion title. The flat course on groomed terrain resulted in an extremely fast race.
Jornet performed strongly against the anticipated strong competition on a course covering 610 vertical meters. After taking bronze in yesterday's Individual Race, the Spanish athlete demonstrated the all-round talents that make him so unique in ski mountaineering circles.
Jornet commented on today's race: "It all went perfectly today. After an explosive start, the race was very flat with just a few escarpments and we had to glide well. The atmosphere along the route was amazing, the spectators really carried us all the way to the finish."