Atomic athlete Kilian Jornet came in second place at the Marmotta Trophy in the Martell Valley (South Tyrol/ Italy). On a technically challenging course he finished the race only slightly behind the winner.
The Marmotta Trophy was the second to last World Cup event of this season, studded with many top athletes. The southern part of the Alps saw only little snow this year, which was also noticeable during the Marmotta Trophy. Nonetheless, the contestants participated in a perfect, though technically difficult race. The snow was frozen and particularly the downhill stretches proved a real test for the contestants.
Frenchman William Bon Mardion clinched the victory in a tight race. Spaniard Kilian Jornet delivered a strong performance in a difficult race with five ascents and two stretches where the skis had to be carried, finishing in second place.
The two top athletes remained in each other's pursuit from the start to the end of the race, alternatingly taking the lead. In the end, Bon Mardion prevailed, winning with a finishing time of 1:52:40.1, and 22 seconds ahead of Jornet.
"I am very happy about this result. William performed an excellent race and I was not able to pull ahead of him. I congratulate him on his victory. It was a difficult competition and the second place is a great result, particularly in regard to the overall World Cup result. The course with many technically difficult stretches was extremely challenging, which made the Marmotta Trophy one of the best World Cup races of this season," said Kilian Jornet after crossing the finish line.