The fifth edition was the right one. After 2016 (36th), 2017 (2nd), 2018 (3rd) and 2019 (4th), Stian Angermund won his first Mont Blanc marathon this Sunday 3rd July. Better yet, he is 3:18:08 ahead of the title holder, 23-year-old Italian Davide Magnini.
This course suited him. A fairly fast profile on rolling terrain, then the ascent to the Aiguillette des Posettes, the highest point at 2,200 meters, and a more technical path before the descent to Vallorcine. The steep climb to the Béchar, followed by a short descent before the last part uphill to the Flégère, for a classic edition of this Mont Blanc marathon which had a total of 2,330 meters of positive elevation gain.
The Norwegian runner Stian Angermund has therefore tamed this track. He emerged victorious from the favorites challenge, in a race on wheel caps, with a big brawl until a final that remained long undecided. It was in the second half of the race that Andermund took the lead to build his victory by imposing his pace. Only the Italian Davide Magnini stayed in touch, even in the final hectometers, but he failed to catch up and finished in second place, two small minutes behind the winner.
In the women’s competition, a very impressive performance from Swiss Maude Mathys, three-time European mountain running champion, who crossed the line in 3: 51’04, in 23rd place but first in the women’s race. The French Anaïs Sabrier, second with nine minutes after Mathys, and Blandine L’Hirondel completed the podium of this unique race in France of the circuit of the Golden Trail World Series.
Source: @Le Dauphiné