Extreme bad weather caused race organisers on Thursday to cancel the race at 0830. At that stage there were only six finishers of the race.
Tor Des Geants is an awe inspiring and jaw dropping race covering 330km and 24,000m of vertical ascent. Yes, that right over 200 miles and climbing the equivalent of Mount Everest three times. The route covers the entire region of the Valle D’Aosta through Gran Paradiso Natural park and Mont Avic Regional Park. The endurance athletes have a total of 150 hours to complete the course, thats just over 6 days. The winners complete it in just over 80 hours or 3 and a bit days.
This years winner was Frenchmen Patrick Bohard. Watching him on the Live Web TV heading to the finish line you could see that it had been a thoroughly testing experience. Bohard looked shattered, even for him to sit down looked extremely difficult such is the brutality of this mountainous course. Bohard won in a time of 80 hours and 20 minutes. Considering the distance and terrain of this event, having second place Italian Gianluca Galeati breathing down your neck and only 24 minutes behind must have been very wearing on the mind for Bohard. The final podium place was Frenchman Christophe Le Saux in 81 hours and 19 minutes.
The leading women at the time of the race cancellation were Switzerland’s Denise Zimmerman with a one hour lead over Italian Lisa Borzani. In third was Maria Semerjian from France. All have been recorded as reaching 283km, although Zimmerman and Borzani had left Ollomont.
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