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Victory for the power couple Axelle Gachet Mollaret and Xavier Gachet in Val Martello

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Victory for the power couple Axelle Gachet Molleret and Xavier Gachet in Val Martello

 

Val Martello, 21 February 2024 – A  tough day at the office today in Val Martello for the individual race of the ISMF World Cup ended up with Xavier Gachet (FRA) finishing the winning strike of Remi Bonnet this season, claiming the victory in one of the most demanding races so far this year. On the women’s side, Axelle Gachet Mollaret (FRA) made it back on top of a podium just a few months after giving birth to her child.

The morning was tough at the first day of competition of the Marmota Trophy, with strong winds in some areas and snowing on the higher parts of the course, but nothing seemed to matter to Xavier Gachet, that had an impressive day to end up crossing the finish line, after 1500+m, a few seconds ahead of his teammate William Bon Mardion (FRA).

Both of them veterans of the individual races, and with many podiums on their belts, proved that they know how to handle the technical descents, different types of snow and hard days on the climbs. Gachet had been on the podium two times before in Val Martello, but never before grabbed a gold medal.

The bronze on the day was for another expert on individual races, Matteo Eydallin (ITA), who in fact crossed the finish line almost ten seconds ahead of the fourth athlete on the day, Remi Bonnet (SUI), on what it was the end of the winning strike of the Swiss athlete, who has dominated this races for the last two years.

Thibault Anselmet rounded the top five on the day, enough to put him on the provisional lead of the Overall ISMF rankings for the season, with more than 100 points over the second on the list, Maximilien Drion du Chapois (BEL), who finished in 6th place today. Third place on the Overall ranking is for Remi Bonnet.

On the women’s side, the Marmotta Trophy saw the much awaited return to the top of the podium of Axelle Gachet Mollaret (FRA), on her second race after giving birth, and already back in full form. She managed to leave some of the stars of the discipline behind in the technical parts of the course, to claim the victory with over 40 seconds of a difference with Alba de Silvestro (ITA).

The bronze medal was for Johanna Hiemer (AUT), on what was the first ISMF World Cup podium of her career after many fourth and fifth places.

She managed to stay more than 15 seconds ahead of one of the specialists of the individual races, Emily Harrop (FRA), who finished in fourth place, followed by Giulia Murada in fifth.

Despite not making it to the podium today, Harrop is still on the lead of the Overall series rankings for the moment, while Celia Perillat-Pessay (FRA) is ranked in second place, and Alba de Silvestro (ITA) in third.