JAN 28, 2020
Already in the past years, the microstate Andorra in the Pyrenees has been a good location for the Atomic Backland athletes. Last weekend, the ISMF Skimountaineering season found its continuation there. The Italian athlete Davide Magnini finished 4th in the individual race and 5th in the vertical race. With these results he dominated the Espoir category.
The Atomic athletes were able to score at the World Cup in Andorra on a broad front. For the first time, the new Backland 65 UL was used in the World Cup and proved its world class performance. The selective course with many transitions and difficult downhills demanded a lot from the material, and the athletes had to arrange with the high altidude courses, since the race starts took place above 2.300 meters.
Especially because of that, Davide Magnini’s victories in the Espoir category, in the individual race as well as in the vertical, mean a lot. Austria’s Armin Höfl ranked 7th and France’s Samuel Equy finished on the 9th place; both results are topping off the overall result in the vertical race.
So far, not all races of the season have really gone as desired for the young Italian. But this time on the big world cup stage, Magnini was unbeatable in his category Espoir, and in the overall classification he came within a whisker of the podium. To his 4th rank in the individual race he says: „I’m happy with my race in the individual, especially in the ascents I could gain ground. In the last downhill I almost crashed. After my fast downhill, I had already reached the athlete who was third, but then in the finish sprint, it was just not enough for the podium.” His comment on rank 5 in the vertical: „It really was a hard race. In the beginning, I was in the top 3, but when it got steeper, my back began aching and I fell back a few seconds. In the end, where the course was flatter, I felt better and so I could catch up a little.”
While Armin Höfl (AUT) was on rank 13 in the individual, he was able to improve in the vertical and finished 7th: „It was an amazing race today, I was looking forward to it. Last year, I finished 5th here, and today I also stepped on the gas. In three quarters of the race, I was together with the leading group around rank 5 and 6. I am glad I found back to a good level.”
In the junior category, a young Atomic athlete gave another promising sign for the future: The 18-year-old Austrian Paul Verbnjak finished 2nd in the individual race and 3rd in the vertical race.
Now, the Backland athletes will be traveling from the Pyrenees to the Eastern Alps, where the next ISMF World Cup is taking place from the 7th to the 9th of February 2020 in Berchtesgaden, GER. On the top of the Jenner mountain, high above the Königssee lake, the World Cup athletes are visiting Germany for the first time in history.