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GLACIER PATROL 2024 | Sportdimontagna.com

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That’s right, the first male and female trio to cross the finish line in Verbier on Saturday morning, in addition to glory, will be able to raise a gold medal of absolute prestige to the sky.

Despite spring now upon us, the La Grande Course circuit is aiming straight for the halfway point with the iconic Alpine ride between Zermatt and Verbier; a challenge with a legendary flavor (57.5 km and 4,386 m d+) which will attract something like 1600 teams of three elements each to the starting line. The times to beat? 5h35’27” of the Alpine troops Robert Antonioli, Matteo Eydallin, Michele Boscacci and 7h15’35” of Jennifer Fiechter (CH), Axelle Mollaret (F), Laetitia Roux (F); both signed in 2018.

For the LGC circuit, on Friday morning, more than 300 young talents will be involved in the youth test in Verbier on tracks of different lengths depending on age; on the night between 19 April and 20 April it will be the turn of the PDG in its “race” version also called “Z2” starting from Zermatt and arriving in Verbier. A race almost all by night; an alpine ultra marathon that will see amateurs and champions running side by side.

As regards the 2024 edition, it is difficult to make a reliable prediction; one thing is certain it will be a super challenge between Switzerland and France with Italy as the third wheel. On paper, the team to beat will be the home team who, for the occasion, will offer a mix of experience (Werner Marti), explosiveness (Aurélien Gay) and crystalline class (Rémi Bonnet). However, pay attention to the experience of the transalpines who will bring a real trio of aces to the PDG: William Bon Mardion, Xavier Gachet and Mathéo Jacquemoud.

Outsider role for an Italy team without the injured Matteo Eydallin. A Davide Magnini in great shape will have to manage to regain the last remaining energy of a Michele Boscacci and a Robert Antonioli who in the last seasonal outings had the fatigue meter light fixed. Also pay attention to the Austria of Paul Verbnjak, Julian Tritscher and Daniel Ganhal.

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On the women’s side, in light of the cup successes and the exploits in Pierra Menta, the success of the Transalpines Axelle Mollaret, Emelie Harrop and Célia Perillat-Pessey seems already written. But in a long and complicated race like the PDG anything can happen. The most accredited crusader team is that composed of Marianne Fatton, Laura Bocchino and Gaëlle Perrier. Role of outsiders for the Italians Alba De Silvestro, Giulia Compagnoni, Lisa Moreschini and for the Swedes Tove Alexandersson, Ida Nilsson, Emelie Forsberg.

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