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Marathon de l'Engadin : Gaillard tout près de la victoire

Le fondeur Norvégien Anders Gloeersen remporte pour la première fois de sa carrière une épreuve longue distance du FIS Marathon Tour, il devance au sprint Jean-Marc Gaillard et le Suisse Toni Livers. Succès de Roponen chez les dames...Les réactions ICI...

46e Marathon de l'Engadin

13000 fondeurs au départ, grand ciel bleu et températures négatives. Des conditions parfaites pour la plus belle des épreuves populaires Suisse. Une compétition qui se déroule, c'est particulier, sur un profil descendant avec seulement des montées pas très difficiles.

Comme souvent ces dernières années, les fondeurs Français ont brillé dans le canton de Dario Cologna avec cette fois le médaillé olympique Jean-Marc Gaillard qui s'avoue vaincu au sprint face au Norvégien Gloeersen.

Les deux hommes sont parvenus à prendre quelques secondes d'avance à 5km du but avant de s'expliquer sur la dernière ligne droite. Le Suisse Toni Livers prend la troisième place devant deux autres Français : Romain Vandel et Cyril Gaillard.

L'Allemand Tom Reichelt, 13e aujourd'hui, remporte de son côté le classement général FIS Marathon Cup devant Benoit Chauvet, 7e de ce Marathon, et le Tchèque Martin Koukal.

Chez les dames Riita-Lisa Roponen fait coup double avec un succès sur le général et une nouvelle victoire obtenue en solitaire devant la Suissesse Bettina Gruber et l'Allemande Katrin Zeller.

Anouk Faivre-Picon prend la 7e place.

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Resultat Hommes

1.      Gloeersen Anders                             NOR                                                       1:35.05,2
2.      Gaillard Jean-Marc                            FRA                                                            +0.00,7
3.      Livers Toni                                            Davos Platz                                            +0.03,3
4.      Vandel Romain                                   FRA                                                            +0.03,7
5.      Gaillard Cyril                                        FRA                                                            +0.03,9
6.      Fischer Remo                                       Magglingen                                            +0.04,0
7.      Chauvet Benoit                                   FRA                                                            +0.04,6
8.      Novak Petr                                            CZE                                                            +0.05,5
9.      Perrillat Boiteux Ivan                       FRA                                                            +0.05,6
10.   Koukal Martin                                      CZE                                                            +0.06,1

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Resultat Dames

1.      Roponen Riitta-Liisa                         FIN                                                         1:38.39,1
2.      Gruber Bettina                                    Chur                                                          +0.18,6
3.      Zeller Katrin                                         GER                                                            +0.18,8
4.      Brooks Holly                                         USA                                                           +2.25,0
5.      Trachsel Doris                                      Plasselb                                                   +2.29,9
6.      Boner Seraina                                      Davos Platz                                            +3.00,0
7.      Faivre Picon Anouk                           FRA                                                            +3.41,5
8.      Imoberdorf Rahel                              Münster VS                                            +3.46,5
9.      Confortola Wyatt Antonella          ITA                                                             +4.15,7
10.   Chernousova Marina                        S-chanf                                                    +4.53,6

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Les réactions :

Anders Gloersen (NOR):

"I am really happy. The Olympics were an up and down for me, but afterwards I felt very good and I could get a fourth place last weekend at the World Cup in Lahti (FIN). I skied from St.Moritz to the finish yesterday to get familiar with the course, which I knew however already from rollerskiing in summer. I also looked up all the results of the last ten years and I saw that basically everytime at least ten people came in with the same time. So I knew that it would be a tight race and that I should be saving some energy for the finish sprint! I got a gap at around 5km to go but a kilometre later, Jean-Marc caught me and I was almost sure that he would be beating me in the finish as I was already pretty tired. But somehow he was tired, too I guess and so I could get over the finish line as first."

2nd Jean-Marc Gaillard (FRA):

"It was my first Engadin Skimarathon and I am happy with my second place even though I was so close to winning it even. As Anders is a good sprinter and I was already pretty tired in the end, I didn't really believe in my possibility to win in the end – maybe that was what cost me the victory today as appearantly Anders was pretty tired, too. But it was a really nice race and I enjoyed skiing in this beautiful weather. I had a broken pole right before the uphill in St.Moritz which was really a bad place for such a thing, but these things happen. Around 5km before the finish, Anders got away from the group and got a gap. I gave it a go and tried to catch him which I did soon after. Somehow the others couldn't follow, but I knew that we weren't allowed to drop the pace as they weren't far away. Unfortunately it didn't work out with the first place in the end, but I am satisfied nevertheless."

3rd Toni Livers (SUI):

"I had a broken pole soon after the start and had to change 2-3 times and I lost faith. I didn't really believe in a podium place anymore, but I had a good position when it came to the last kilometres. I knew that only from Zuoz on, the race would really start, so I prepared for that. I pushed really hard as I was eigth when we came into the finish are, then fifth and then there was an open spot, I took it and pushed into first position. It was a tight fight with Romain Vandel in the end and I am really happy that I could get my foot over the line in front of him in the end!"

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1st Riita-Liisa Roponen (FIN):

"I am very happy. My second victory here in the Engadin and my third victory in the FIS Marathon Cup this season. Winning the cup with these three wins as well is really enormous. I had the goal today to beat my record time from last year, but this didn't work out, but I am nevertheless satisfied with my race. It was a really hard one today, but mostly because I didn't feel so good. I wasn't even sure if I won when I crossed the finish line. I hope to be able to do more long distance races next season, but I will surely also take part in the World Cup if I get the chance. I am sure however, that we get more commpetition in the girls field next year and that it will be harder with more races to race to gain the overall victory again."

2nd Bettina Gruber (SUI):

I am really happy with this second place. It wasn't an easy race today. In the end I was skiing a lot with Katrin and we tried to catch Riita-Liisa, but she was already too far gone. In the end I was able to outski Katrin in the finish sprint, so I am really satisfied. The Engadin Skimarathon is a really nice race, but also a tough one, especially for the women who are skiing with all the men around and it's so easy to break a pole or to get a fall...

3rd Katrin Zeller (GER):

"I wasn't starting in the first start line unfortunately and I got a crash right at the start, so I lost a lot of places already there. Just getting back to the group again, somebody crashed right in front of me and I got a pole between my legs and got a big cut which hurt a lot. Again, I tried to find the other girls, I moved left when the big group when right and the other way round in order to have more space and to move faster. I really felt good and the victory would have been possible, so yes, I am disappointed. I won the Engadin Skimarathon six years ago and I really hoped to win again today as the final of my career. I will still start in the World Cup final in Falun next week, but a victory here would have been a really nice end as well. I was skiing together with Bettina in the end and I knew that she was the better sprinter. I tried to pass her, but I was squeezed in and so I finished third."


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