MAR 29, 2021
The ISMF ski mountaineering World Cup final 2021 took place in the Italian village of Madonna di Campiglio last weekend. After a season full of vast and successful coronavirus measures it was possible for the Backland athletes to prove themselves once more and to end the season successfully in all disciplines. Above all Davide Magnini, who placed 2nd in the vertical and the individual race, managed to put together the last building block for a 3rd place in the Overall World Cup, as well as a 2nd place in the Individual World Cup and a 3rd place in the Vertical World Cup.
After a constant and very successful season and after a 2nd place in the vertical race, the 23-year-old Italian Davide Magnini once more proved his skills in the final individual race and put everything on one card. After the first 3rd of the race the leading pack including Magnini still consisted of 5 athletes, after 2/3rds of the race it was only the battle between Magnini and his fellow countryman Matteo Eydallin. Although victory looked likely for a while, in the end it wasn’t to be, as Magnini explained at the finish: „I was in a good position, but unfortunately I made some mistakes during the race, which prevented me to stand on top of the podium. I am happy with another 2nd place though, it was a good race for me.“
The good result from last weekend reflects the general success at the World Cup races of the 2020/21 season. Already at the end of January the Backland athletes started with a bang in Verbier (SUI) when Davide Magnini and the Swiss Rémi Bonnet claimed 3 out of 6 podium places in the senior category on one weekend. Only one week later another 2 podium places were achieved in the Sprint and the Individual race in Flaine (FRA). Alongside Magnini, who placed 2nd in the Individual race, this time it was the Austrian Daniel Zugg, who delivered a flawless performance with a 2nd place in the Sprint.
At the World Cup in Martell (ITA) Rémi Bonnet made up for it with a 2nd place in the Individual race.
The ski mountaineering World Championships in Andorra, the highlight of the season, proved to be the most successful major event for the Backland athletes: with 11 medals, 4 of which gold, the success in the Pyrenees was a given. Also at the long distance World Championships as part of the high alpine race Pierra Menta in France, there was no doubt about the athletes‘ will to win. Gold and Silver went to Magnini and Bonnet, each paired up with another team mate. The success with 2 further podiums at the finals last weekend drew a fitting finish line under a brilliant season.
In the overall World Cup standings 2021, which have now been completed with the final races, the constantly good performances resulted in a 3rd place for Davide Magnini in the senior category, a 9th place for the Spaniard Pau Coll Turra in the U23 category and his fellow countryman Albert Perez achieved a 5th place in the U20 category.
Patrick Tritscher, who manages the Sports Marketing Backcountry Touring division at ATOMIC and is responsible for the results of the team, was extremely happy with the performance of the athletes: „The constantly good results of the established athletes are a safe bet that is a guarantee for top positions. Above all though it is the young athletes and their moving up the ranks that makes me proud as it constitutes a promise for the future. We are happy that we could support the athletes in the 2021 World Cup with its extremely difficult framework so well with our equipment and that generally the mood was great everywhere. For next season we head for a continuation of this success, and Atomic will be able to support the athletes even better with some innovations.“